Is Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis the most adorable Octopus?

Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis
Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis

In even more Octopus news, you might have seen recent reports on a new species that’s been discovered. The Octopus in the image above is one of twelve that have been studied and so far they’ve all been female.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute are currently studying the new species which is a deep sea dweller. The decision for the name is due to its easiness to pronounce and that it will be popular with the public.

Research is slow due to the eggs usually incubating in very cold temperatures and getting to the hatch stage can take anything up to 3 years. The eggs at the Institute are preserved specimens and not laid by a female.

While the researchers at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute admit the name has been selected purposefully, this isn’t the first creature to be named Adorabilis. There are several more species of animal, including a Hummingbird and a Butterfly, that bear the name.

Is Opisthoteuthis Adorabilis the perfect name for this Octopus? What would you name this Octopus?

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