I have an alien I am designing and I want there to be an individual to be a play off of my main character (who is albino.) The aliens are, unknown to the human settlers, an enigmatically intelligent species, capable of using chromatophores to communicate with one another. They are black and mottled at rest and have limited muscles to change their skin texture.
As they are very cleverly camouflaged, I want the alien that accompanies my main character to be easily captured, and to match my main character.
I've searched through a lot of research but can't find anything about albino octopi. I assume they don't exist, die early, or just aren't recognizable to us as albino.
So, a) What is the feasibility of there being an "albino" in a species that uses color to communicate, and
b) Would they still maintain their chromatophores to camouflage when out of rest (not engaging chromotophores)? and
c) Could they lack their primary pigment at homeostasis and maintain their communication mode?
These are the issues/questions I boil it down too. Please try to be kind in the replies. I am not a scientist and I am willing to learn.
I am also willing to clarify if need be. Thank you!