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    Deep-sea Octopus Graneledone boreopacifica 

    This beautiful octopus is Graneledone boreopacifica (Octopodidae), a deep-sea cephalopod from the north Pacific, that generally lives in the bathyal to abyssal zones ranging from 90 m to 2755 m depththey also have been reported at particular ecosystems like hydrothermal vents and cold seeps.

    This octopus is characterized by having uniserial rows of suckers, and wart-like tubercles covering dorsal surfaces of head, mantle, arms and web.

    An article published in 2009 demonstrated that, like many other cephalopods, females of this species use sperm from multiple males to fertilize their eggs, so their hatchlings have multiple paternity.

    Specimen shown was observed at 2327m in depth by the Canadian ROPOS (Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Science).

    References: [1] - [2]

    Photo credit: ©neptunecanada | Locality: Offshore Canada (Pacific)


    Three Porcupines | ©John Meszaros

    Featured here are the three main types of porcupines: (i) The North-American Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum); (ii) The South-American Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine (Coendou prehensilis); and (iii) The African Crested Porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis).

    Although they are in the same rodent group (The Hystricognathi), Old World and New World Porcupines are actually in two different taxonomic Families (Hystricidae and Erithizontidae, respectively).

    The North- and South- American porcupines are actually more closely related to chinchillas, capybaras, cavies, and guinea pigs (the Caviomorpha) than they are to the African Crested. 


    Mosses and Liverworts

    Tiny Mosses (Hypnodendron menziesii) and Liverworts (Jungermannia hodgsonae) on a tree trunk.

    Photo credit: ©Peter Nijenhuis | Locality: West Coast, South Island, New Zealand

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