Animal Species:Hedley’s cuttlefish – Sepia hedleyi Berry 1918
Sepia hedleyi is a buff pinkish brown colour without any markings on the arms. It has dorsal ridges that are orange to pink in colour. It possesses a crescent-shaped club with a flattened sucker-bearing surface, consisting of 9 to 12 suckers in transverse rows.
Males up to 83 mm in mantle length, females up to 108 mm in mantle length
Hedley’s Cuttlefish is endemic to Australia and found from the Great Barrier Reef southwards around to Western Australia to south-west of Shark Bay, including Tasmania.
Distribution by collection data
Sepia hedleyi is a deep water species with a known depth range from 47 to 1092 metres.
This species is often taken as bycatch in prawn and mixed species trawl fisheries.
Jereb, P., & C.F.E Roper (eds) (2005) Cephalopods of the World: Chambered Nautiluses and Sepioids, Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Catalogue for Fishery Purposes, Rome, No. 4, Vol. 1