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Molluscs of Tasmania

Argonautidae: Argonauta argo Linnaeus, 1758 (‘common paper-nautilus’)

Synonym(s): argo Linnaeus, 1758.

Typical shell-length 380 mm. Lives in offshore waters in midwater. Native. Occurs all around Australia (QLD, NSW, TAS, VIC, SA, WA and NT); also widespread in warmer oceanic waters worldwide. In Tasmanian waters, this species has only been recorded very rarely, on the E coast; a series of strandings around the SE in April 2014 was apparently unprecedented.


Class: Cephalopoda
Subclass: Coleoidea
Order: Octopoda
Superfamily: Incirrata
Family: Argonautidae
Genus: Argonauta

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