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Nautilus pompilius can grow to a length of about 20 cm. The smooth thin shell spirals exogastrically, or above the animal, and has a pattern of brown and white. The animal creates chambers that increase in size as it moves to occupy the outermost chamber of its shell. An adult may have about 30 of these chambers. A tube called a siphuncle runs down the center of these chambers releasing a gas to maintain buoyancy and to keep N. Pompilius in an upright position. There is a tough hood where the anterior of its body connects to the shell. Below the hood protrudes about 90 small suckerless tentacles. Beneath, there is a funnel containing two separate lobes. The eyes contain no cornea or lens.
(Attenborough 1979, Morton 1979, Brusca and Brusca 1990)
Other Physical Features: ectothermic ; bilateral symmetry