Meet the adorable tiny octopus that may soon be known as "Opisthoteuthis adorabilis"

It's stumpy, has webbed limbs and kind of looks like one of those orange Dots candies your dad likes

By Colin Gorenstein

Published June 16, 2015 8:56PM (EDT)


The most adorable, googly-eyed orange octopus from the deep sea may soon be formally recognized as "Opisthoteuthis adorabilis." Really, the only name you can gift an octopus that looks as adorable as this:

And maneuvers its stumpy, webbed limbs like this:

According to Discover Magazine, the species, which belongs to the Opistotheuthis genus, has gone without a name for nearly 15 years since it was first spotted.

Stephanie Bush, researcher at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, is responsible for classifying (and naming) aquatic animals.

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

Watch the video courtesy of Science Friday below:

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Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email

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