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Octopoda (octopus)

Cephalopoda - Octopoda

Octopoda was named by Leach (1818) [m. kosnik taxon no: 7247]. It is extant.

It was assigned to Octobrachia by Doyle et al. (1994); to Cephalopoda by Sepkoski (2002); to Coleoidea by Wells and Houston (2001) and Martill and Barker (2006); and to Vampyropoda by Fuchs et al. (2008).

Synonymy list
YearName and author
1818Octopoda Leach
1994Octopoda Doyle et al. p. 7
2001Octopoda Wells and Houston p. 137
2002Octopida Sepkoski, Jr.
2006Octopoda Martill and Barker p. 1036
2008Octopoda Fuchs et al. p. 1131

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EubilateriaAx 1987
classCephalopodaCuvier 1797
subclassColeoideaBather 1888
orderOctopodaLeach 1818
orderOctopodaLeach 1818

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

No diagnoses are available
No measurements are available
Composition: aragonitec
Locomotion: fast-movingc
Life habit: nektobenthico
Diet: carnivorec
Vision: well-developedc
Created: 2005-10-06 14:28:52
Modified: 2005-10-06 16:28:52
Source: o = order, c = class
References: Kiessling 2004, Aberhan et al. 2004

Age range

Maximum range based only on fossils: base of the Early/Lower Callovian to the top of the Serravallian or 164.70000 to 11.62000 Ma
Minimum age of oldest fossil (stem group age): 161.2 Ma

Collections (6 total)

Time interval Ma Country or state Original ID and collection number
Early/Lower Callovian164.7 - 161.2France Proteroctopus ribeti (58221)
Early/Lower Miocene23.03 - 15.97Japan (Nagano) Mizuhobaris izumoensis (51576)
Langhian15.97 - 13.82Cyprus Argonauta absyrtus (66957)
Serravallian13.82 - 11.62Japan Argonauta tokunagai (167936 167937 179844)