10 most bizarre marine molluscs

In the depths of the sea sometimes you can find incredible creatures that lurk in the impressive depth and meet which can not everyone. Some of the most interesting creatures of the oceans - animals such as clams.

There are more than 150,000 species (known) every year zoologists are added to this list all the new and unique species. Invite you to learn about the amazing shellfish, some of which were found recently.

1) Angelfish






We probably will not be surprised if angelfish will be in the same family living beings that mythological sirens. They are called angels, but in fact they are predatory sea snails. This special representative (pictured), which was named Platybrachium antarcticum, «flies" in Antarctic waters, preying on pteropods (another kind of snails).

2) Snails, armadillos




There is no other snails, which would be clothed in such a strong armor. Get to know the type of Pygopodidae Crysomallon squamiferum, which are found in hydrothermal vents in the Indian Ocean. Multi-layer shell structure is similar to the finely crafted armor that seemed made of synthetic material.

3) Bioluminescent octopus




One of the few eight-legged animals that produce bioluminescence, ie glow octopus species Stauroteuthis syrtensis was discovered at a depth of about one kilometer in the Gulf of Maine. Photophores (luminous organs) used an octopus to deceive prey that swims into the jaws of a predator.

4) Snail "Language flamingos»




This snail species Cyphoma gibbosum got such a strange name for its bright color spotted. Painted only the soft tissues of the snail and its shell - monotonous. She hides it in case of danger.

5) Vampire squid




Vampire squid - cephalopod, which can be found in Monterey Bay off the coast of California, however, if you go down to an impressive depth. Despite the name, this is absolutely not afraid of shellfish.

6) Octopus-Ushastik



Octopus Grimpoteuthis kind found in the area of ​​the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. These octopuses are sometimes called "Ushastik" because of their similar ears fins, which they move during the movement.

7) nudibranchs "Golden Lace»



Like a snail without a shell, this nudibranch is famous for its bright and beautiful colors. This creature Halgerda terramtuentiss species was discovered in the northwestern part of the Hawaiian Islands.

8) Snail from hydrothermal vents

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Another resident gibrotermalnyh sources snail species Alviniconcha, was discovered near the seamount Siyo at hydrothermal vents Tokyo. This is the only member of the genus, which has been opened.

9) Squid "jeweled umbrella»



This unusual type of squid Histioteuthis bonnellii lives at a depth of about 1, 5 kilometers and more in the area of ​​the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Unfortunately, due to the fact that this creature lives on an impressive depth, it is poorly understood.

10) Octopus Island Lizards



Another striking representative of the group of shellfish, octopus from the island lizards, was recently discovered near the island of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.

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