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The Octopus Genome

This week’s big science news is that researchers have finally sequenced the gene for a cephalopod– the California two-spot octopus, Octopus bimaculoides. Geneticists and molecular biologists from the University of Chicago and Berkley worked together to unravel the entire gene—which turned out to be nearly as large as the human genome and did not contain any mass data duplication (which some vertebrate-centric scientists had thought might account for the size and complexity). 312 kata lagi


Ernst Haeckel - Kunstformen der Natur - 1904

Ernst Haeckel – Kunstformen der Natur – 1904 – Wikimedia

Plate 53 – Prosobranchia

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Octopus rubescens “Pacific Red Octopus” Cephalopoda

Oregon Coast Aquarium, Newport, OR
June 12, 2015
Robert Niese

The Pacific Northwest inter- and subtidal zones are home to two species of octopus. 116 kata lagi

Knitted Cephalopods

It has been a long time since we had a mollusk post, so today let’s enjoy a post about squid, octopuses, and extinct… 420 kata lagi

Great Wall Addendum

Leopard Slugs (Limax maximus). An introduced species, thinking about making more of themselves. And what a process that is!


OK...Two More Little Sketches!

OK…today features two more wacky sketches from my little book.  I promise I will have a different topic tomorrow and not keep putting up these oddities!  167 kata lagi



In Finnish mythology, Iku-Turso was a malevolent ocean deity who took the form a terrible sea monster. Due to the vagaries of language, it is unclear whether he (?) had the shape of a colossal walrus or a giant terrible inkfish (i.e. 243 kata lagi