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Squids, octopi, nautili & cuttlefish   (Cephalopod)
Category: Invertebrates



These ocean dwelling animals are characterized by bilateral body symmetry, a prominent head, and a set of arms, or tentacles. There are about 800 identified species of cephalopods, a class that includes squid, octopi, nautili, and cuttlefish. With their well-developed senses and large brains, cephalopods are widely considered the most intelligent of the invertebrates. With only a few exceptions, all cephalopods have an ink sac, which can be squirted into the surrounding water to confuse predators. They are also the only mollusks with a closed circulatory system.



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Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Mollusca
Class - Cephalopoda

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Body horror in the insect kingdom

Learning about animals, you can discover many fascinating, even beautiful facts, but there are also things that can give you nightmares! Enter the strepsiptera (“twisted-wing parasite”). The adult female has no limbs, wings, or mouth - she simply lives in and feeds off her host (typically a wasp). When it becomes time to mate, she protrudes part of her abdomen from between the plates of her host and uses mind control to get the wasp to fly off to nearby males. Sexually mature males have wings, and fly around for about five hours before dying - spending their entire short existence seeking out females to mate with. After the female is impregnated, her own young grow and consume her. And once there is nothing left to eat, they leave their host wasp, infiltrate the nursery, and latch on to a larvae to create their own “zombie wasp” host and continue the grisly cycle!

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