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The Giant Pacific Octopus Has Been Two Species All Along

The Giant Pacific Octopus Has Been Two Species All Along

Invertebrates, New Species December 27, 2017 at 11:25 pm

The Giant Pacific octopus, the largest known octopus on the planet, is in fact two different species. An Alaskan researcher has discovered that some of the animals once classified as giant Pacific Octopus – the largest known octopus, ranging from California to Alaska to Japan—may actually be a new species.  The new species has distinct morphological features as well as genetic profile.  Though not yet formally named, the new species has been given the common name “frilled Giant Pacific octopus”.  

New Butterfly in Alaska Identified from Museum Collection

New Butterfly in Alaska Identified from Museum Collection

Insects, New Species March 16, 2016 at 9:43 am

A scientist organizing butterfly specimens in a museum collection made a startling discovery: What people had thought was a variant of a common species is actually a totally new organism, and one with an interesting evolutionary history to boot. And what’s more, the new species may be the only type of butterfly endemic to Alaska, meaning it is found there but nowhere else. A group of eight scientists from three countries has named the new insect the Tanana Arctic, or Oeneis tanana. It’s the first new butterfly species described from Alaska in 28 years, and the research is now publishedRead More