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Temporal range: Lower Callovian
Proteroctopus ribeti.jpg
Proteroctopus ribeti holotype.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Coleoidea
Superorder: Octopodiformes
Order: Octopoda
Family: incertae sedis
Genus: Proteroctopus
Species: P. ribeti
Binomial name
Proteroctopus ribeti
Fischer & Riou, 1982

Proteroctopus ribeti was a primitive octopod that lived in the Middle Jurassic, approximately 164 million years ago. The single fossil specimen assigned to this species originates from the Lower Callovian of Voulte-sur-Rhône in France. It is currently on display at the Musée de Paléontologie de La Voulte-sur-Rhône.[1]

The morphology of P. ribeti suggests a necto-epipelagic mode of life.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Fischer, J.C.; B. Riou (1982). "Le plus ancien octopode connu (Cephalopoda, Dibranchiata): Proteroctopus ribeti nov. gen., nov. sp., du Callovien de l'Ardèche (France)". Comptes Rendus de l'Academie des Sciences de Paris, Serie II. 295: 277–280. 

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