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The vampire squid is not a vampire. It is a teeny-weeny little squid. Its Latin name is Vampyroteuthis Infernalis. (Translation: Vampire squid from Hell.)
The Vampire squid grows up to 1 foot (30 cm). Its color varies between black and pale red. Its body is fifteen cm long, which means its tentacles are half its body size. That’s normal for a squid.
The vampire squid is in the kingdom Animalia, phylum Mollusca, class Cephalapoda, subclass Coleodia, superorder Octopodiforms, order Vampyromordida, suborder Vampyromorphina, family Vampyroteuthidae, genus Vampyroteuthis, and species V. infernalis.
Baby vampire squids’ fins are located near the eyes, but when they grow older the fins disappear while the new fins grow.
Vampire squids have been found in the stomach contents of some large deepwater fish, deep diving whales like sperm whales and seals. The vampire squid has been known to eat Copepods, prawns and cnidarians.
Something interesting about them is Vampyroteuthis Infernalis’ big eyes could be red or blue depending on the lighting.
I wrote this because vampire squids are unusual.
http://www.seasky.org/deep-sea/vampire-squid.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_squid
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