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- proper n. A taxonomic subclass within the class Cephalopoda — a grouping of cephalopods consisting primarily of soft-bodied creatures such as octopuses, cuttlefish and squids.
This pushes back the origins of modern octopus by tens of millions of years. linkRef: New Octopods (Cephalopoda: Coleoidea) from the Late Cretaceous (Upper Cenomanian) of Hakel and Hadjoula, Lebanon.
In ecosystems larger than a Japanese restaurant, Coleoidea provide food for a wide range of predatory organisms.