Octopus-Insects are so named because they are only ever described as having many octopus-like legs.
The only description ever given of the Octopus-Insect in its debut appearance in King Kong is that it has many legs like an octopus. Whether this refers to its having many legs or its having tentacles is unknown.
In Merian C. Cooper's King Kong, the Octopus-Insects are said to be round creatures with many tentacles like an Octopus that secreted a trail of slime when they move.
The Octopus-Insects inhabited the great crevice of Skull Mountain Island, and lived in the numerous caves and crevices that lined it. They were preyed on by the great spiders. After an Octopus-Insect was attacked by a great spider, King Kong and a Triceratops began to shake human sailors off of a log bridging the chasm. One fell into the slimy mud at the bottom, and was swarmed by six Great Spiders that ate him alive. After the rest of them were sent into the pit, the Great Spiders, Octopus-Insects, and giant lizards all fought for the new carrion.
While the crew of the Wanderer peered into the ravine, an Octopus-Insect oozed along a ledge where a Gigantic lizard was sunning itself. As it made its way along, it was sprung upon by a Great Spider that dragged it back into one of the many crevices lining the chasm walls.
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