Stauroteuthis

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This genus contains two allopatric species. Both are deep-sea cirrates (Which looks really similar to cirroteuthis), and are found in nthe Atlantic. From what I can tell, these two species are both moderately sized. Currently no known common names.


Stauroteuthis syrtensis

Info at: http://tolweb.org/Stauroteuthidae
 

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Actually, that picture is of the "bell posture". This species also does the "balloon posture" where it hangs upside down and closes its web into a bubble.
 

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Does it invert itself like vampyroteuthis (I see those little spiky feelers that people think will hurt you when they see vampy turn inside out) or actually hang with its mantle facing the sea floor?
 

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This is the balloon posture


I can find no evidence supporting that it completely inverts itself like vampy does. But once again, convergent evolution at work! :smile:
 

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I was wondering that too... to be fair, either picture could be! One of the great myseries of life!
 
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