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Definition of Cephalopoda

  • The highest class of Mollusca.
  • octopuses; squids; cuttlefish; pearly nautilus

How to use cephalopoda in a sentence. Cephalopoda pronunciation.

Not only have the invertebrata, as shown by geological data, altered at a less rapid rate than the vertebrata, but if we take one of the classes of the former, as for example the mollusca, we find those of more simple structure to have varied at a slower rate than those of a higher and more complex organisation; the Brachiopoda, for example, more slowly than the lamellibranchiate bivalves, while the latter have been more persistent than the univalves, whether gasteropoda or cephalopoda.
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Thus many species of Conus and Voluta occur, a large Cypraea, C. oviformis, a very large Rostellaria (Figure 209), a species of Cancellaria, six species of Nautilus (Figure 211), besides other Cephalopoda of extinct genera, one of the most remarkable of which is the Belosepia (Figure 212).
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Among the cephalopoda of Faxoe may be mentioned Baculites Faujasii (Figure 229), and Belemnitella mucronata (Figure 226), shells of the white chalk.
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Thus the Cephalopoda are the most valuable, as having a more restricted range in time than the Gasteropoda; and these, again, are more characteristic of the particular stratigraphical subdivisions than are the Lamellibranchiate Bivalves, while these last, again, are more serviceable in classification than the Brachiopoda, a still lower class of shell-fish, which are the most enduring of all. When told that the new dredgings prove that "we are still living in the Chalk Period," we naturally ask whether some cuttle-fish has been found with a Belemnite forming part of its internal framework; or have Ammonites, Baculites, Hamites, Turrilites, with four or five other Cephalopodous genera characteristic of the chalk and unknown as tertiary, been met with in the abysses of the ocean?
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Among the mollusca, the cephalopoda are represented by Ammonites, Baculites (Figure 229), and Belemnites (Figure 226).
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The Cephalopoda are abundant, among which 40 species of Ammonites are now known, 10 being peculiar to this subdivision, and the rest common to the beds immediately above or below.
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Many peculiar forms of cephalopoda, such as the Hamite (Figure 272), and Scaphite, with other fossils, characterise this formation, which, small as is its thickness, can be traced by its organic remains to distant parts of Europe, as, for example, to the Alps.
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In this there are no corals, but great abundance of cephalopoda, of the genera Ammonite and Belemnite (Figures 326 and 327).
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Of the 52 Cephalopoda, 15 (namely 13 species of ammonite, the Ancyloceras Calloviense and one Belemnite) are common to the Oxford Clay, giving a proportion of nearly 30 per cent.
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These zoological results are curious and unexpected, since it was imagined that we might look in vain for the carnivorous trachelipods in rocks of such high antiquity as the Great Oolite, and it was a received doctrine that they did not begin to appear in considerable numbers till the Eocene period, when those two great families of cephalopoda, the ammonites and belemnites, and a great number of other representatives of the same class of chambered shells, had become extinct.
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These Cephalopoda, therefore, must, like the saurians, have been soon buried in sediment; for, if long exposed after death, the membrane containing the ink would have decayed.
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Among the Cephalopoda there are no belemnites, and no ammonites with foliated sutures, as in the Lias, and Oolite, and the Hallstadt beds; but we find instead a genus allied to the Ammonite, called Ceratites by de Haan, in which the descending lobes (Figure 402) terminate in a few small denticulations pointing inward.
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The carboniferous Cephalopoda do not depart so widely from the living type (the Nautilus) as do the more ancient Silurian representatives of the same order; yet they offer some remarkable forms.
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The genus of Cephalopoda called Clymenia (Figure 510) is represented by no less than eleven species, and strata occupying the same position in Germany are called Clymenien- Kalk, or sometimes Cypridinen-Schiefer, on account of the number of minute bivalve shells of the crustacean called Cypridina serrato-striata (Figure 511), which is found in these beds, in the Rhenish provinces, the Harz, Saxony, and Silesia, as well as in Cornwall and Belgium.
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The Lower Ludlow Shale contains, among other fossils, many large cephalopoda not known in newer rocks, as the Phragmoceras of Broderip, and the Lituites of Breynius (see Figures 533, 534).
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Cephalopoda have not yet been found lower than this group, but it will be observed that they occur here associated with genera of Trilobites considered by Barrande as characteristically Primordial, some of which belong to all the divisions of the British Cambrian about to be mentioned.
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This renders the absence of cephalopoda of less importance as bearing on the theory of development.
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For a second time he peered through the ato-glass long and intently. The bisected shell appeared to be a spinal univalve, resembling the familiar cephalopoda, _nautilus_, with thin septa dividing the many chambers.
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One of the grand divisions of the animal kingdom, including the classes Cephalopoda, Gastropoda, Pteropoda, Scaphopoda, and Lamellibranchiata, or Conchifera.
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An extinct genus of Paleozoic Cephalopoda, having a long, straight, conical shell.
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Examples of Cephalopoda

Example #1
In like manner the specific identity of the characters of the foraminifera, which are among the lowest types of the invertebrata, has outlasted that of the mollusca in an equally decided manner.
Example #2
Subsequent researches seem to show that this greater duration of the same specific forms in the class mollusca is dependent on a still more general law, namely, that the lower the grade of animals, or the greater the simplicity of their structure, the more persistent are they in general in their specific characters throughout vast periods of time.
Example #3
The marine shells of the London Clay confirm the inference derivable from the plants and reptiles in favour of a high temperature.
Example #4
These fossils are accompanied by a sword-fish (Tetrapterus priscus, Agassiz), about eight feet long, and a saw-fish (Pristis bisulcatus, Agassiz), about ten feet in length; genera now foreign to the British seas.
Example #5
The Nautilus Danicus (see Figure 230) is characteristic of this formation; and it also occurs in France in the calcaire pisolitique of Laversin (Department of Oise).
Example #6
At the same time, some of the accompanying bivalve shells, echinoderms, and zoophytes, are specifically identical with fossils of the true Cretaceous series.