Flapjack Devilfish

photo: E. Loury

This octopus out of water is a strange sight, but it sheds a little light on the common name of the Flapjack Octopus, also known as the Flapjack Devilfish.  These squishy deep-dwelling creatures are the flattest species of octopuses.  You might not recognize her, but a related species of Flapjack Octopus was famously portrayed by the character Pearl in Finding Nemo. One of her tentacles might look a little shorter, but you can’t really tell if she twirls ’em…

Caught in a deepwater fish survey off of southern California. (photo: E. Loury)

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3 Responses to Flapjack Devilfish

  1. Danna Staaf says:

    So gelatinous! So cool. I’ve whined about Pearl’s anatomical inaccuracy before, though. Also, octopuses only needs two s’s, one on either side of the e. =)


    • erinloury says:

      Got it! So glad I’ve got a cephalopod expert on hand to keep me straight about these things. At least I’m one step up from using “octopi” – or is that accepted as well?


  2. Danna Staaf says:

    Octopi is reviled but tolerated, octopodes is uber-pedantic, and octopuses is the happy medium. IMHO.

    Here’s a thread on octopus pluralization. At the top is a lovely short video by a dictionary editor on the topic.


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