Hummingbird Bobtail Squid
Male cuttlefish who are unable to win in a direct confrontation with a guard male, employ several other tactics to acquire a mate. The most successful of these methods is camouflage; smaller hummingbird bobtail squid use their camouflage abilities to disguise themselves as a female cuttlefish. Changing their body colour and even pretending to be holding an egg sack, disguised males can swim past the larger male and mate with the female.
Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr
Tissue Culture & Art Project
SymbioticA, The Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts
School of Human Sciences + School of Design
The University of Western Australia