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'They're Really Cute': Scientists Are Thinking Of Naming New Octopus Species 'Adorabilis' (Video)

Scientists in California have found a tiny, pink octopus which is so cute that they are considering calling the new species Opisthoteuthis adorabilis (video below).

Stephanie Bush, a postdoctoral researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, has been tasked with naming the octopus, which lives in the sea at depths of up to 1,476 feet, to help differentiate it from other species of cephalopod, reports the Daily Mail.

The mollusk, which is currently only known as the flapjack octopus, has huge eyes and a gelatinous body of about 7 inches in diameter that it spreads wide, allowing it to “parachute” through the ocean floor. It also has eight legs connected together by a large web that looks like an umbrella.

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“As someone that’s describing the species you get to pick what the specific name is,” Bush told Science Friday. “One of the thoughts I had was making it Opisthoteuthis adorabilis because they’re really cute.”

The Huffington Post notes that the adorable little octopus looks like a cross between a ghost from the Pac-Man video games and a creature from the Pokemon franchise.

"These animals are part of the greater ocean ecosystem," Bush added. "And in order to have a healthy functioning ocean ecosystem we need to understand the ecology and behavior of the individual species.”

This is not the first time a species has been named by the way the animal looks. According to IFLScience, in 2011, a horse fly was dubbed Scaptia beyonceae after the singer Beyonce because of its golden backside.

Check out the video below to find out more about the Opisthoteuthis genus:

Sources: Daily Mail, Huffington PostIFLScience / Photo Credit: MBARI/Facebook, SciFri/YouTube


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