Argonauta argo

Scientific name Argonauta argo
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category LC
Family Argonautidae
Genus Argonauta
Argonauta argo Argonauta argo


Argonauta argo is a salt water mollusc.

Who is it?


  • Size
    35 - 72.6 cm
  • Longevity
    6 year
  • Chromatophores
  • Size
    35 - 72.6 cm
  • Longevity
    6 year
  • Chromatophores

How to recognize Argonauta argo ?

Argonauta argo measures between 35 and 72.6 cm. This mollusc is multicolore with a predominantly rouge, jaune and marron body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • Sociability
    living in a group or alone
  • Way of living
  • Venomous
  • Diet

Chromatophores are pigment cells that reflect light in the integument of some animals. They are mostly responsible for the color of the skin and eyes of cold-blooded animals and are created by the neural crest during embryonic development.

Argonauta argo is a mollusc living in a group or alone. This species is carnivorous .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction

Argonauta argo is a mollusc ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Depth
    0 - 200 m

Biotope presentation

Argonauta argo is most often found at a depth between 0m and 200m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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Aurélien Calas

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Adrien Falzon

Adrien Falzon


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Bibliographic references

Predation on jellyfish by the cephalopod Argonauta argo - T. Heeger - U. Piatkowski - H. Möller - Marine ecology progress series - 1992.

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