Nostromo July 7, 2007 4:32 AM

@Rob Mayfield:
“Octosquid is a silly name. Why not Squipus ?”
Your comment reminds me of a Flanders and Swann song – #3 of “Songs for our time”. The name of the song in an indescribable silly noise. As Flanders put it, “It was originally called, ah, ‘[a different indescribable silly noise]’, but we thought that sounded rather stupid …”

Striped Pyjama Squid July 7, 2007 5:04 PM

As far as I can tell, the “octosquid” claims are mostly hype. It’s in no way intermediate between octopus and squid; it’s just a squid with no tentacles, which is not unheard of — there are other squid species that don’t have tentacles as adults. Note that they’re talking about it as a possible new species in an existing genus, not a representative of a new family or order.

It’s cool-looking, though.

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