An Illustrated and Cross-Referenced Glossary of
Malacological and Conchological Terms

by Paul S. Mikkelsen

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Term Definition

CEPHALOPOD   A member of the molluscan class Cephalopoda (once referred to, by Pliny, as Mollia), which is characterized by muscular tentacles attached directly to their head. They have a beaked mouth and their eyes are well developed. This term pertains to SQUID, OCTOPUS, CHAMBERED NAUTILUS, CUTTLEFISH and the extinct AMMONITES and BELEMNITES; see also: TEUTHOLOGIST; TEUTHOLOGY.

See the excellent "Cephalopod Glossary" by Richard E. Young, Michael Vecchione, and Katharina M. Mangold.

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