Thursday, January 04, 2007

Auris Cirratalia

A very rare suborder of Octopoda, Auris cirratalia is an ancient octopus with radically different body structure. Ranging from 1 to 3 inches in length, they don't have hard shells like the nautilus, but the outer skin is much harder than that of a typical octopus. The outer skin wraps around the whole body like armor and the arms and other organs are exposed through the gap in the wrap. Another interesting development in Auris cirratalia is the two very long arms that are similar to elongated tentacles of squids, which are nonexistent in octopuses. The name, Auris cirratalia comes from the fact that the body resembles a human ear.

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