Baby adorabilis

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This handout photo from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute shows the flapjack octopus, which scientists may call &quot

Some say she looks like a ghost from the Pac-Man video game, but she's anything but spooky. In fact, the fist-sized pink octopus is so cute scientists may call her "Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis."

Researchers in California are looking for an appropriate Latin species designation for the mysterious cephalopod and, while little is yet known about it, few would deny that the specimens found so far are adorable.

Stephanie Bush of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute said that after a year of study she is preparing to submit a report to a scientific review that would confer a name on the species, a form of Flapjack octopus.

"New species are discovered every year, not all of them get described, it can take a lot of time, years sometimes," she said.

Some other species have been deemed adorable—such as Lophornis adorabilis, the White-crested Coquette hummingbird—and Bush said: "I don't see any obvious reason why it would be inappropriate it's easy to pronounce and popular with the public."

Aside from how she looks, we don't know much more about the new octopus, it lives in deep cold waters and the 12 individuals that have been studied so far have all been female.

"They spend most of their time on the bottom, sitting on the sediment, but they need to move around to find food, mates," Bush said.

Bush is trying to incubate a batch of octopus eggs in her laboratory, but they develop very slowly because of the cold temperature of the deep ocean and may not hatch for two or three years.

Anyone charmed enough by the cute creature to want to see one in the wild would have to dive in the Pacific to between and meters to where the water is only 6 degrees Celsius (42 Fahrenheit).


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Hello, friends! Our book today is Hello, My Name Is&#;: How Adorabilis Got His Name, written by Marisa Polansky and illustrated by Joey Chou, an imagining of how a sea creature’s unique name came to be.

A small pink octopus is placed into a tank, and being a friendly sort, calls out a hello to the other inhabitants. Immediately, the deep sea creatures that make up his tank-mates (among them a yeti crab, a six-filled shark, a fangtooth, a mimic octopus, and more) approach the newcomer, commenting on how small and cute he is. They ponder aloud what he will be called, causing the little octopus confusion &#; called? The others explain that the humans that care for them give the creatures names, usually alluding to their appearance or special skills, such as parachuting from higher rocks, but begins to seriously worry about what his name will be. At last, a scientist appears and calls him by name: Adorabilis. The other creatures agree that this is a perfect name for the little guy, and the neighbors settle into their new life together.

This was &#; as the subject matter would imply &#; very cute, and a cool way to teach children about both the newly discovered Adorabilis species and how creatures can get their common names. The illustrations are darling, and bring the tank’s inhabitants to life, adding character and color (another reviewer did note that these species would all-but-impossibly share the same tank, so diehard marine life-enthusiasts may have to suspend their disbelief). My only issue is that the title gives away the ending! I wish they had kept the subtitle a little more vague, which would have added a fun layer of suspense to the story. As it was, knowing what the animal’s name is from before the first page diminished the urgency of the octopus’s anxiety. Otherwise, the length was great, and JJ enjoyed it. A fun tale that introduces some nifty creatures, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

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Video: This tiny octopus is so cute, scientists want to name it “adorabilis”

Terrifying creatures rove the sea’s black depths. But apparently, so do adorable ones. Like the tiny, big-eyed octopus in the clip above, which many liken to the ghosts in Pac-Man.

Despite its cartoonish charm, this seven-inch deep-sea octopus hasn’t yet been given a name. That job falls to Stephanie Bush, a researcher at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in charge of describing the new species.

“One of the thoughts I had was making it ‘Opisthoteuthis adorabilis’ because they are just—yeah, they’re really cute,” she says in the video by Science Friday.

Like its cousins in the Opisthoteuthis family, this new “flapjack octopus,” as they’ve been nicknamed, gets around by flapping a fringe of webbing between its arms so that it hovers just above the seafloor. “They’ll just spread that web and kind of parachute along,” says Bush, adding that they steer themselves with fins.

Its pinkish hue is common among deep-sea creatures—and not for its cuteness factor. In the abyssal depths, seawater absorbs wavelengths of red light, camouflaging red creatures in the blackness—and making it easier for them to evade predators or ambush prey. In the new Opisthoteuthis’ case, that’s generally crustaceans, worms, and other morsels it can snap up from the seafloor.

Preserved specimens of the new cute-but-nameless octopus have been on file since the s. However, in , in its exploration of Monterey Canyon in the eastern Pacific, MBARI collected several live specimens. These now live at Monterey Bay Aquarium in an exhibit tank specially designed to imitate the cold, low-oxygen fathoms of their deep-sea habitat (they’re not currently on exhibit but might be in the near future).

Unexpectedly, one of these tiny octopi laid eggs, which are now being incubated at MBARI. It could take a few years for the eggs to hatch. But when they do, we’ll find out if the one thing cuter than O. adorabilis—if that ends up being its name—is baby O. adorabilis.

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Opisthoteuthis californiana

Species of cephalopod known as the flapjack octopus

Opisthoteuthis californiana, also known as the flapjack octopus[3] or adorabilis,[4] is a species of umbrella octopus.


The flapjack octopus usually appear dark red.[5] They have fins above their eyes, similar to those found on some species of squid. Their maximum size is 20 centimetres (&#;in) mantle length.[5] They have eight jointed legs which are affixed together in an umbrella shape.[6] They have a gelatinous body, which spreads into a parachute shape when maneuvering through dimly lit water.[6] The flapjack preys on small fishes and planktonic crustaceans.[5] They swim by moving their fins, pulsing their webbed arms, pushing water through their funnel for jet propulsion, or all three at once.[7] Their depth range is: Para-larvae metres (&#;ft), adults –1, metres (1,–4,&#;ft).[5]


This species has been reported off Eureka Bar, California, at metres (1,&#;ft). It is also known from Japan, off Kashima-Nada, at – metres (1,–1,&#;ft).[8] Nesis (/87) reports it from the Bering Sea to the Sea of Okhotsk to off central Honshū.


The female gender of the Opisthoteuthis californiana produces and hatches around eggs.[citation needed] The male gender of the flapjack octopus would perform different kinds of sexual rituals to attract the females.[citation needed] Once the eggs hatch, the hatchlings stay around with their mother for a brief period of time before they are old enough to grow to the benthic stage and survive by itself.[citation needed]


The Opisthoteuthis californiana is one of 14 species in the genusOpisthoteuthis. These species are also collectively known as the flapjack devilfishes.[9]

Species of Opisthoteuthis are the most compressed, in the anterior-posterior axis, of any cephalopod. This flattened appearance gives them the common name of flapjack or pancake devilfish. Species are thought to be primarily benthic although they are capable of swimming and in some species the swimming may be an important component of their pouncing on minute prey. As in other cirrates, most species are poorly known.


The Flapjack Octopus feeds on small fish, planktons, crustaceans, and worms.

These octopuses are quite capable of hunting and killing their prey. They do so by pouncing on their prey and killing them with their beaks.[citation needed] They are known as the flapjack octopus because they compress themselves, appearing more flattened, therefore acting non-hostile to their prey.[citation needed] Using this technique, they are able to hunt their prey.

Against predators, they hide through crevices and under rocks.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

In the Finding Nemo franchise, one of Nemo's classmates, Pearl, is a flapjack octopus.[10] Lenny the flapjack octopus is the main character in a children's book The Adventures of a Flapjack Octopus.[11]


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