Styletoctopus

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Styletoctopus annae
Temporal range: 95 Ma
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Octopoda
Family: Octopodidae
Genus: Styletoctopus
Species: † S. annae
Binomial name
Styletoctopus annae
Fuchs, Bracchi & Weis, 2009

Styletoctopus is an extinct genus of octopus. The genus consists of the single species Styletoctopus annae, which lived approximately 95 million years ago.[1] Very few octopus species appear in the fossil record, as octopuses consist of soft tissue that usually decomposes before it has time to fossilize.[2]

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References

  1. Fuchs, D.; Bracchi, G.; Weis, R. (2009). "New octopods (Cephalopoda: Coleoidea) from the Late Cretaceous (Upper Cenomanian) of Hâkel and Hâdjoula, Lebanon". Palaeontology. 52: 65–81. doi:10.1111/j.1475-4983.2008.00828.x. 
  2. Rare fossil octopuses found, MSNBC, March 18, 2009