New gi­ant oc­to­pus species dis­cov­ered

This oc­to­pus is so good at cam­ou­flage that it had sci­en­tists con­vinced it was a dif­fer­ent species

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Sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered the frilled gi­ant Pa­cific oc­to­pus after mis­tak­ing it for the gi­ant Pa­cific oc­to­pus for years.

Re­searchers Nathan Hol­len­beck and David Scheel from Alaska Pa­cific Univer­sity have found pho­to­graphic ev­i­dence to con­firm ge­netic stud­ies of the two dif­fer­ing species. The study was per­formed in Alaska and in­volved search­ing for the oc­to­pus in shrimp pods.

The new ev­i­dence shows that the frilled gi­ant Pa­cific oc­to­pus can be dis­tin­guished from other species by the frill of fleshy bumps on its skin that run the length of its body. Ad­di­tion­ally, the newly iden­ti­fied species has two white spots on its head, while the orig­i­nal oc­to­pus has only one.

The new species is closely re­lated to the gi­ant Pa­cific oc­to­pus (pic­tured)

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