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.
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.
Males up to 66 mm in mantle length, females up to 82 mm in mantle length.
Sepia mestus, Sepia rozella
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
Sepia grahami is a shallow water species, occurring at depths of 2 to 84 metres.
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