Marmapode, an animal which for years has been thought to be related to cephalopods due to it's eight arms, is discovered to be closely related to marsupials instead.
A marmapode, (pl,marmapods) is a small mammal found on the islands of the South Pacific, though there have been sightings in the jungles of the Philippines, a gentle creature with six arms and a pouch is what gave this creature it’s name. The prefix mar- comes from the marsupial like pouch which it carries it’s young and mates, the suffix –pode for it’s six arms, the extra pair of arms comes from the ride the males take on the females during mating seasons. Only the females have six arms while the male survives with two. Since the female marmapode is always seen with either a male or a child in their pouch they have been classified as a maternal animal which gives the, "ma," in it's name. Due to the discovery of a marmapode carcass, scientist were able to debunk the idea that they were a creature of eight arms instead of six with a symbiotic mate.
Marmapods have been in folktales for centuries, often talked about as a large furry insect with the power to run across the terrain at lightning speeds. However due to a discovery of a marmapod nest in the Philippines, scientist have been able to determine that they have live births and provide milk to their young. Since then there has been a heightened need for the fur that comes from the pouch on the females back, it is silky soft and provides warmth and keeps the wearer dry during the wet months. The decline in the marmapods numbers is concerning to scientist because they have no known natural predators and when they run across the terrain they spread around the dirt and help keep the plant species diverse.