The story about this newly discovered species of octopus named ”Adorabilis” is rapidly spreading among the scientific community and this charming minuscule creature seems to have fascinated everybody.
It all started recently, at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, when Postdoctoral researcher Stephanie Bush, studying this new species, thought about finding a proper name for it.
Presently, this octopus species is informally known as a flapjack octopus.
But things are about to change now, since, Stephanie Bush, the researcher responsible for the description of the spiecies, communicated that she is, in fact, reckoning the name ”Opisthotheusis Adorabilis”.
This is mainly due to the apprearance of the tiny octopus, which looks extremely cute, stated researcher Bush, for ”Science Friday”.
She is pleased to be able to select the specific name for this new species especially since it isn’t a common practice to be able to associate these two elements: ”octopus” with ”adorable”.
Enjoying life at depths of up to 1,476 feet (449.9 metres) and measuring only 18 cm in diameter, the ”Adorabilis” ocopus is indeed adorable, with big, prominent eyes, a pinkish jelly-like consistence and an overall appearance that resembles a cartoon character.
Moreover, the ”Adorabilis” octopus is moving like a parachute, explains Stephanie Bush.
However, there is little known about the life history of the species. They are part of the cirrate octopuses but represent only a tiny group within the overall family.
With the help of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, there is hope that new studies will gather and disclose more data and information about such deep-sea animals.
In the meanwhile, at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the sister organization of the Institute, such lovely exhibits of the species are being displayed. According to sources from the Monterey Bay Aquarium, they use a red light to display them.
Since the octopus can’t see red light, it thinks it is in the darkness of the deep sea. They, thus, manage to maintain the natural environment of the species. The peculiarity of this cute cephalopod is still to be revealed but the choice of its name points a promising direction.
There is no wonder that this newly species of octopus is gaining such popularity among more and more people and they all agree on one aspect: it is ”Adorabilis” (Latin word for ”adorable”).