An undocumented form of “flapjack octopus” deemed extremely cute and adorable by both scientists and people of the Internet might soon be named Opisthoteuthis adorabilis.
Opisthotheusis Adorabilis. Photo credits: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
A mysterious cephalopod, described as a type of flapjack octopus, might soon be named Opisthoteuthis adorabilis. Can anyone deny that the tiny creature is incredibly adorable?! The size of a fist, it resides in deep cold waters. 12 female individuals have been studied so far. Otherwise, the octopus remains undocumented; little is known about it. But, first things first: scientists have to coin its name.
After a year of study, Stephanie Bush of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute is now preparing a report to be submitted to a scientific review that would approve of its suggested Latin name.
“New species are discovered every year, not all of them get described, it can take a lot of time, years sometimes,” she said.
It is to be noted that other species have been named “adorabilis” before, like the white-crested coquette hummingbird, known in the scientific world as Lophornis adorabilis.
“I don’t see any obvious reason why it would be inappropriate … it’s easy to pronounce and popular with the public,” Dr Bush said.
Dr Bush has managed to find out more about the creature. For instance, it lives at depths of around 200 to 600 meters where the temperature of the water is 6 degrees Celsius only.
The scientist is now trying to incubate the octopus eggs in laboratory. The trouble is that the eggs develop extremely slowly because of the cold temperature of its normal environment – they might only hatch in 2 to 3 years.
“They spend most of their time on the bottom, sitting on the sediment, but they need to move around to find food, mates,” Dr Bush added.