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Grimpoteuthididae

(Family)

Overview

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A Family in the Kingdom Animalia.

Taxonomy

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The Family Grimpoteuthididae is further organized into finer groupings including:

Genera

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Enigmatiteuthis

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Grimpoteuthis

The octopuses of the genus Grimpoteuthis are also known as Dumbo octopuses from the ear-like fins protruding from the top of their head-like bodies, resembling the ears of Walt Disney's flying elephant Dumbo. They are bathyal creatures, living at extreme depths of 3,000 to 4,000 metres (9,800 to 13,000 ft), with some living up to 7,000 metres (23,000 ft) below sea level, which is the deepest of any known octopus.[] They are some of the rarest of the Octopoda species. They can flush the transparent layer of their skin at will, and are pelagic animals, as with all other cirrate octopuses. The largest Dumbo octopus ever recorded was 6 feet (1.8 m) in length and weighed 13 pounds (5.9 kg), although the normal size for the various species is thought to be smaller. [more]

At least 21 species and subspecies belong to the Genus Grimpoteuthis.

More info about the Genus Grimpoteuthis may be found here.

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Last Revised: October 03, 2013
2013/10/03 19:36:57