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Nautilus pompilius (chambered nautilus)

Synonyms: Nautilus pompilius subsp. pompilius

Wikipedia Abstract

The chambered nautilus, Nautilus pompilius also called the pearly nautilus, is the best-known species of nautilus. The shell, when cut away, reveals a lining of lustrous nacre and displays a nearly perfect equiangular spiral, although it is not a golden spiral. The shell exhibits countershading, being light on the bottom and dark on top. This is to help avoid predators, because when seen from above, it blends in with the darkness of the sea, and when seen from below, it blends in with the light coming from above.
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Adult Weight [2]  1.10 lbs (500 g)
Speed [2]  0.56 MPH (.25 m/s)
Water Biome [1]  Reef, Coastal

Prey / Diet

Nautilus pompilius (chambered nautilus)[3]


Nautilus pompilius (chambered nautilus)[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Aquarium & Rainforest at Moody Gardens
Houston Zoo, Inc.
John G. Shedd Aquarium
National Aquarium in Baltimore Inc
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Steinhart Aquarium (CA Acad of Science



Attributes / relations provided by
1Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
2Notes on animal weight, cameral fluids, swimming speed, and color polymorphism of the cephalopod Nautilus pompilius in the Fiji Islands, Peter Ward, Robert Stone, Gerd Westermann, and Arthur Martin, Paleobiology. 1977. vol. 3, pp. 377-388.
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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