Animal Species:Magnificent Cuttlefish – Sepia opipara (Iredale, 1926)

Standard Common Name

Magnificent Cuttlefish

Identification

The cuttlebone is elongate oval, about twice as long as broad. There is a long, pointed spine present, and v-shaped striations.

Size range

Up to 15 cm mantle length

Distribution

The Magnificent Cuttlefish is found in Southern Indo-Pacific waters; from Shark Bay, Western Australia around to southern Queensland.

Distribution by collection data

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

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Habitat

Sepia opipara has a known depth range from 83 to 184 metres.

Classification

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

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References

Lu, C.C (1998) A Synopsis of Sepiidae in Australian waters (Cephalopoda: Sepiodiea). In: Voss, N.A., Vecchione, M., Toll, R.B. & Sweeney, M.J (Eds) Systematics and Biogeography of Cephalopods. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington DC, Vol. 586, 159-190.


Allison Runck
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