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Squirdler family

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The squirdler family is a family of aquatic, squid-like creatures introduced in Pikmin 3, although the family went unclassified until Pikmin 3 Deluxe. It contains only one member, the Sputtlefish. Members belong to the Pseudocephalopoda genus.



Artwork of a Sputtlefish.
Main article: Sputtlefish.

Scientific name: Pseudocephalopoda florascens

The Sputtlefish is an aquatic enemy that debuted in Pikmin 3. They are small, aquatic creatures that vaguely resemble real-world cephalopods, grabbing Pikmin with their tentacles and eating them one at a time. Sputtlefish can squirt ink to defend themselves against attackers such as Pikmin, causing them to run around in panic, and take advantage of the ensuing chaos by fleeing and regaining health.


The name "squirdler" contains "squird". This seems to be a mix of "squid" and "squirt". Members resemble squids and are known to squirt ink at enemies.

The family genus, Pseudocephalopoda uses "Pseudo-", meaning it greatly resembles or is even confused for something it isn't, and Cephalopoda, a real world class that includes squid, octopuses, and cuttlefish. Members of this family resembles these marine creatures.

Names in other languages[edit]

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Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese イカモドキ科?
Ika Modoki Ka
Pseudo squid/cuttlefish family
Flag of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Chinese
Flag of France French encéphalopode From encéphale (brain) and céphalopode (cephalopod)
Flag of Germany German Florapod
Flag of South Korea Korean 오징어닮은꼴 과
Flag of Spain Spanish Tinteroides From tintero (inkwell)

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