Paper Nautilus

Linnaeus, 1758

Argonauta argo

Class:

Order:

Family:

Cephalopoda

Octopoda

Argonautidae

Argonautidae

Image Voucher: 

ANSP 318232

Shell Information

Length (mm):

N/A

Chirality:

Description:

Ecological Information

Distribution:

Depth (m):

Globally distributed in Tropical and Subtropical Waters

Diet:

Carnivore

Habitat:

Marine; Pelagic

Misc. Facts

The paper nautilus is not really a nautilus at all! It is actually a type of octopus. This species has dramatically different looking males and females. Males and much smaller and do not have shells. So, all shells from the paper nautilus that you find belonged to a female!

Citations

MolluscaBase eds. (2022). MolluscaBase.?Argonauta argo?Linnaeus, 1758. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: https://marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=138803 on 2022-01-12