Vampyromorphida

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Vampyromorphida
Vampyroteuthis illustration.jpg
Vampyroteuthis infernalis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Superorder: Octopodiformes
Order: Vampyromorphida
Pickford, 1939
Suborders

?†Kelaenina
Prototeuthina
Mesoteuthina
Vampyromorphina

Synonyms
  • Vampyromorpha
    Grimpe, 1917

Vampyromorphida is an order of cephalopods comprising one known extant species (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) and many extinct taxa. Physically, they somewhat resemble octopuses, but the eight main tentacles are united by a web of skin, and two smaller tentacles are also present.[1]

Classification[edit]

The following taxa were long considered to belong to Vampyromorphida, but this placement may be incorrect:[2]


References[edit]

  1. ^ Barnes, Robert D. (1982). Invertebrate Zoology. Philadelphia, PA: Holt-Saunders International. p. 461. ISBN 0-03-056747-5. 
  2. ^ Fischer, Jean-Claude & Riou, Bernard (2002): Vampyronassa rhodanica nov. gen. nov sp., vampyromorphe (Cephalopoda, Coleoidea) du Callovien inférieur de la Voulte-sur-Rhône (Ardèche, France). Annales de Paléontologie 88(1) 1−17. [French with English abstract] doi:10.1016/S0753-3969(02)01037-6 (HTML abstract)