Animal Species:Hedley’s cuttlefish – Sepia hedleyi Berry 1918

Standard Common Name

Hedley’s cuttlefish

Identification

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.

Size range

Males up to 83 mm in mantle length, females up to 108 mm in mantle length

Similar Species

Sepia vossi

Distribution

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

Biomaps map of Sepia hedleyi specimens in the Australian Museum collection.

What does this mean?

Habitat

Sepia hedleyi is a deep water species with a known depth range from 47 to 1092 metres.

Economic/social impacts

This species is often taken as bycatch in prawn and mixed species trawl fisheries.

Classification

Species:
hedleyi
Genus:
Sepia
Family:
Sepiidae
Order:
Sepiida
Subclass:
Coleoidea
Class:
Cephalopoda
Phylum:
Mollusca

What does this mean?

References

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

 


Allison Runck
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