Animal Species:Ken's Cuttlefish – Sepia grahami Reid, 2001

Sepia grahami is one of the most recently described cuttlefish species, and is thought it has previously been confused with both the Reaper and the Rosecone Cuttlefish, with who it occurs sympatrically.

Alternative Name/s

Ken's Cuttlefish

Identification

Ken’s Cuttlefish is coloured pinkish brown, and has dorsal ‘eyespots’ on its mantle.
The cuttlebone is narrow with a thickened, raised, and yellowish-ochre inner core. In juvenile specimens, the dorsal surface of the cuttlebone is white.
 

Size range

Males up to 66 mm in mantle length, females up to 82 mm in mantle length.

Similar Species

Sepia mestus, Sepia rozella

Distribution

Ken’s Cuttlefish has only a small known distribution along the Australian NSW coastline from southeast of Yamba to off Tathra.

Distribution by collection data

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

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Habitat

Sepia grahami is a shallow water species, occurring at depths of 2 to 84 metres.

Classification

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

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References

Norman, M., (2000) Cephalopods- A World Guide, ConchBooks, Germany (Hackenheim)

Norman, M & A. Reid., (2000) A Guide to Squid, Cuttlefish and Octopuses of Australasia, CSIRO Publishing, Victoria (Collingwood)

Reid, A (2001) A new cuttlefish, Sepia grahami, sp. Nov. (Cephalopoda: Sepiidae) from Eastern Australia, Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 123: 159-172.
 


Allison Runck
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