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Shellusk family

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The shellusk family is a family of octopus-like creatures that appears in Hey! Pikmin only. So far, this family is made of one species, the Starnacle.

This family only consists of the Tripodidae genus.



A Starnacle in the Creature Log. Enhanced with Citra.
Main article: Starnacle.

The Starnacle is an aquatic creature, made of three tentacles placed around a green eye. Its main purpose is blocking underwater passages. To get rid of it, Olimar just has to throw a Pikmin at its eye, making the Starnacle retract its tentacles. It only lasts for a short amount of time, before this creature regains its original position.


The name shellusk may come from molusk, another type of underwater creature. It is unknown where "shell" comes from, as the creature doesn't seem to have a shell of any sort, rather has a soft, squishy form. Members use the Tripodidae genus. This is named after real-world tripods, a three-legged stand commonly used for filming and photography. This refers to members of the Shellusk family having three appendages.

Names in other languages

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Language Name Meaning
Flag of Japan Japanese タコヒトデ科?
Tako Hitode Ka
Octopus starfish family
Flag of the Netherlands Dutch Schellusk
Flag of France French coquimolles Wordplay of coquille (shell) and molle (soft)
Flag of Germany German Schlingstern
Flag of Italy Italian Polpidi
Flag of South Korea Korean 문어불가사리 과
Flag of Spain Spanish Moluscaparoides

See also