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.
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, the class of animals home to the likes of the squid, octopus, and cuttlefish. Members of this family resembles these types of fish.
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