Biologists say they have unlocked secrets about the vampire squid, a mysterious creature that feeds on the decaying dead in the unlit depths.
The squid is so weird that it is known as a
phylogenetic relic. It has the honour of occupying a taxononomic category all of its own, combining features of octopuses and squids in a unique evolutionary formula that has survived for millions of years.
As Vampyroteuthis infernalis — the
squid from hell — it is the only species in the Order Vampyromorpha, where it was placed in 1903 — via redwolf.newsvine.com