Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Mollusca Class

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Imaginary Animal

By: Yasmina Okkyta

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Mollusca

Class: Cephalopod

Order: Octopoda

Family: Octopoida

Genus: Hexapus

Species: Hexapoida pedes

This rare species is within the order and family of Octopus. Hence the name “Hexa”, and “pedes”, this rare kind has 6 tentacles with its end that looks like a human foot which is also called a tentafoot. Hexapus is an invertebrate, yet vertebrate also. They are still considered in the phylum Mollusca because they are still an invertebrate and they are among the most neurologically advanced of all invertebrates. Just like other mollusc, hexapus carries three most universal featured defining modern mollusc. Which is their mantle with a significant cavity used for breathing and excretion. Not only that, this highly muscled structure houses all of the animal’s organs. Its heart, gills, digestive and reproductive glands are all crammed into this one space. Next is radula; anatomical structure for feeding like tounge, and their broad muscular foot. The foot also acts as a balance sensor. Just like any other octopus, their tentafoot has suckers which function for catching pray, locomotion, grasping and attachment & detachment.

Hexapoida pedes has one of the most distinctive physical appearance from a normal octopus species. It’s massive bulbous head are very circle and symmetrical followed by a one large eye on the center of the head. They are also distinguished by their ears, nose and it’s buck teeth. Hexapus has an extremely great hearing and smell. Their open ears are the main organ of hearing. Although the statocyst in their brain are also to register sound, the ears help them to hear much more further. Not only they have better hearing than normal octopuses, their nose also allows them to smell better. Octopuses register smell in a small pits located beneath their eyes, but hexapus large nose allows them to smell better. Which is why, they are one of the best invertebrate hunters.

Different than other octopus species, this particular species has an internal skeleton on their tentafoot. But what makes this species unique is that their flexible skeleton. Even if they have skeleton, they still have the ability to squeeze into small places. Even their head which featured its giant eyes, nose and ears, they are still able to squeeze in. They are indeed very flexible. Hexapus may seem like a nice animal, but they can be very viscous if they are bothered, hunting or fighting. Their 2 buck teeth do all the killing. It has extremely sharp edges and in some cases, it can transfer poison. Furthermore, their top hair is also used to catch prey. It looks like a plant where it attracts fish, yet it is a deadly trap. And when a prey is caught, it’s tentafoot will carry it to its mouth.

Hexapus move about by crawling, swimming and sometimes walking. Their tentafoot allows them to walk on the surface of the ocean just like human or other vertebrate animals. Jet propulsion is their fastest locomotion.

Consider to their extreme intelligent of all invertebrates, common hexapus inhabit the tropical. and temperate of the world’s oceans. Some hexapus are also bottom-dwelling inhabitants of the deep sea. They eat mainly crabs, worms, and other mollusks such as clams and whelks, while open hexapus eat mainly fish, prawns and other cephalopods.

Hexapus also has the ability for their muscles to alter their skin to take on a diversity of colors and textures to blend with the surrounding. Octopuses, are known to be the wizards of camouflage. It is able to take on the spiky appearance of a seaweed, or even the bumpy texture of a rock.

Hexapus are a very exotic and unique creature. Despite it’s many physical differences, they are still in the order and family of octopus due to their very similar organ function, habitats, diet, and other abilities. Hexapus also reproduce eggs. The male has specialized arms to transfer spermatophores from its reproductive organ into the female’s mantle cavity. The female can keep the sperm alive inside her for weeks until her eggs are mature. Afterwards, the female lays about 80, 000 – 200, 000 eggs. Just like any other octopus, they have the same strategies for defending itself against predators, including the expulsion of ink and it’s ability to jet quickly through waters and its ability to hide.

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