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Octopoda

order of molluscs

Octopods are the order which contains the common octopus and some other types.[1][2] Fossila are rare, but they do have a fossil record starting in the later Carboniferous.

Octopoda
Temporal range: 323 mya Upper Carboniferous – present
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The common octopus, Octopus vulgaris.
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Octopoda
Suborders

Octopods are put into two suborders. One, the Incirrina, is composed of the well-known Octopus of rocky shores and coral reefs and its relatives. The other suborder, the Cirrina, contains octopods whose tentacles are linked by an umbrella-like mantle, so their activity is rather different from the common octopus.

Cirrothauma, one of the Cirrina octopods. It lives in the deep sea at great depths

ReferencesEdit

  1. William Elford Leach, 1818. "ITIS Report: Octopoda Leach, 1818". Itis.gov. 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2014-02-04.
  2. Helsinki.fi, Mikko's Phylogeny Archive: Coleoidea – Recent cephalopods