Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


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Suborder CIRRATA

Compiler and date details

C.C. Lu, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan


Suborder Cirrata comprises three families, only one of which, Opisthoteuthidae, is recorded from Australian waters.



One pair of paddle-like fins present, supported by U-, V-, or saddle-like cartilage. Arm suckers in one row flanked on each side by one row of cirri. Mantle opening very narrow, a slit around funnel base, sometimes obliterated. Web usually very deep, reaching tips of arms in some forms. Ink sac absent. Radula usually absent. Left oviduct only developed. Deepwater benthic (rarely pelagic) animals.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
12-Feb-2010 (import)