Psychedelic Pareledone

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  1. enrico

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    That whole site is great, thanks for the link!
     
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    But what's psychedelic about that octopus?

    Nancy
     
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    And what's new about it, aside from the stunning picture? :smile: From Mark Norman's guide:

    Paraledone turqueti

    Size: Body to 6cm, arms to 12cm.
    Dist: Western Antarctica.

    This small octopus lives in the freezing waters around the entire continent of Antarctica (circumpolar) (Ed: hang on, didn't he just say it was Western Antarctica?), from shallow coastal waters to at least 4,000m deep.

    It is recognised by the absence of a skin ridge round the body and the nearly smooth skin scattered with low granular bumps. Females produce large eggs which probably take a long time to mature in these sub-zero waters. The resulting large hatchlings would immediately adopt a bottom-living lifestyle.
     
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    I don't know what the journalist was thinking, but with this ceph's groovy colors and eight arms spread out in perfect symmetry as in the picture, I can easily see how people get associations to Hindu-inspired far-out hippie art and psychedelic mysticism (I often get a weird sacral feeling like that myself when looking at cephs) :yinyang: :rainbow: I'm sure you've seen the colorful depictions of old Vedic gods and goddesses with four, eight and even ten arms, right? I mean, compare the paraledone pic above with the cover of Hendrix's Axis Bold as Love and you'll see the connection.. :wink:


    Certainly beats me.. I mean, they even included the proper Latin name in the picture caption so... In any case, I just thought it was a really neat picture! :wink:
     
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    It made this morning's news here in the sticks !
     
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    So when was it discovered?

     
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    According to the excellent Tree of Life entry it was discovered in 1905, and indeed, a quick search reveals that it was described in that year by L. Joubin in his paper: Description de deux Eledons provenant de l'expedition du Dr. Charcot dans l'Antarctique. Memoires de la Societe Zoologique de France, 18. 22-31..

    From the Tree of Life pages:

     
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