This Octopus Is So Cute, Scientists Are Considering Naming It "Octopus Adorabilis"
Although the tiny octopus Opisthoteuthis has been known since 1990, this cute cephalopod doesn't have an official name. Researchers, like Stephanie Bush at the Monterey Bay Aquatic Research Institute, have given it the nickname Opisthoteuthis adorabilis. Awww. But, what's in a name? In research science, the discipline of classifying biological organisms is called taxonomy. The purpose of a scientific name is to have a clear point of reference across languages so no two species share the same name. Within Linnaean taxonomy, developed in the 1700s, species names use a system of binomial nomenclature. One name describes the genus to which it belongs and the second describes something that differentiates it from other organisms in its genus.