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Vampire Squid
Vampire Squid
Information
Common Name Vampire Squid of Hell
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Cephalopoda
Order Vampyromorphida
Family Vampyroteuthidae
Genus Vampyroteuthis
Species V. infernalis

The Vampire squid, or the Vampire squid of hell, (Vampyroteuthis infernalis), is a small, deep-sea cephalopod found throughout the temperate and tropical oceans of the world. Unique retractile sensory filaments justify the vampire squid's placement in its own order Vampyromorphida (formerly Vampyromorpha), which shares similarities with both squid and octopuses. As a phylogenetic relict it is the only known surviving member of its order, first described and originally classified as an octopus in 1903 by German teuthologist Carl Chun, but later assigned to a new order together with several extinct taxa.

In Popular Culture

  • A 2009 Rolling Stone article by Matt Taibbi likened investment bank Goldman Sachs to "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money." Although the metaphor was faulty, since vampire squids do not suck blood or have a "blood funnel", it was later used by other critics of Goldman Sachs, such as the Occupy Wall Street movement.
  • Episode 28 of the marine adventure animation The Octonauts was devoted to an encounter with an injured vampire squid.

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Mysterious Vampire Squid

Mysterious Vampire Squid

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