Pharyngula

Octosquid?

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A new squid has been caught near Hawaii — much is being made of the fact that it has eight arms instead of ten, but that doesn’t seem like such a big deal to me, since we have the example of Taningia danae with a similar arrangement. It’s more interesting that there is a preliminary assignment to the genus Mastigoteuthis, a curious and poorly understood group of cephalopods.

Comments

  1. #1 David Marjanovi?
    July 6, 2007

    If this is evidence of interbreeding

    Why should it be? I bet it’s simply another species of not-quite-conventional squid.

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?
    July 6, 2007

    If this is evidence of interbreeding

    Why should it be? I bet it’s simply another species of not-quite-conventional squid.

  3. #3 Brownian
    July 6, 2007

    Couldn’t it be that the holotype just happens to be a freak mutation, and not normative for the species as such?

    No, because it’s already brought pleasure to the researchers (“When we first saw it, I was really delighted”, “We really enjoy these little mysteries that come up”) and we all know there are no such things as beneficial mutations.*

    *Keep it under your hat though; we have a world-wide conspiracy to maintain.

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