Create-a-Creature by maddie king

Teuthida (scientific name for squid) Triagus (tri as in triangle)

aka

Triangle squid (due to its triangular body)

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Ocean zones:

aphotic (little to no sunlight, freezing temperatures)

bathypelagic (1,000-4,000 feet)

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Physical Traits:

dark coloration (to blend in with the dark waters)

triangle shape (easily moving quickly through water)

light on ends of tentacles (to attract food)

venom spike at end of body (defense)

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Locomotion:

jet propulsion (pulls water into mantel cavity, contracts muscles and expelling water)

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Respiration:

using movement method (gets air out of water used to move)

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Feeding:

suspension feeding (lures prey with light on tentacles, grabs them, and shoves into mouth)

diet includes bristlemouth fish and young snake dragonfish

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Reproduction:

sexual (male and female mate by male injecting female with sperm, female then lays eggs)

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Defense Strategies:

venom spike at end of body that injects venom into something that it feels is threatening it

camouflage by dark coloration in dark ocean zone

can move quickly through water to escape predators

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Nekton (can swim on its own without need for currents)

Credits:

Created with images by NOAA Photo Library - "fish4261" • Free Grunge Textures - www.freestock.ca - "Biohazard Grunge Sign - Sepia"

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