A team of researchers has discovered a new species of octopus and because of its extremely cute appearance they would like to call it “adorabilis”.
The tiny marine creatures was actually first discovered in the 1990s, but since it hasn’t been described by the researchers, it has no official name.
According to the biologists who discovered it, the new species of octopus belongs to the genus Opisthoteuthis, which is the same group that includes the pink flashback octopus, scientifically called Opisthoteuthis californiana.
You might remember this tiny pink octopus as Pearl from the popular animated movie Finding Nemo.
However, other than the genus it belongs to, the expert don’t know much about the new species of octopus.
Stephanie Bush, a researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute who is in charge of studying the cute marine creature, said that this species is quite different from the others.
She described the super cute cephalopod as “really gelatinous and fragile”.
The new species of octopus has very large eyes, compared to the size of its body.
Also, the adorable little octopus has webs between its arms that spread, making it look like tiny parachute floating in the water.
These octopus steer itself with its fins on its mantle.
Because Bush is in charge of describing the new species of octopus, she will also get to name it.
According to her, a scientist who describes a new species can also choose a name for it that suits it best.
Bush said that because of its cuteness, she thought about naming the octopus Opisthotheusis Adorabilis.
Last year, the researchers collected several specimens of this species and have been keeping them at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
The adorable octopuses are currently being shown as part of the aquarium’s special exhibition named Tentacles.
The biologists will use red light in order to display the octopuses because they cannot distinguish red light, which means that the creatures will think they are swimming in their dark and deep sea waters.
According to them, one of the octopuses even laid eggs, which will take several years to hatch.
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