Sepia prabahari   Neethiselvan & Venkataramani,  2002 (Cuttlefish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Cephalopoda

A-Male dorsal view; B-Female dorsal

Color: Body darkish brown with distinct stripes in live condition. Color gets faded at death and changes to greenish yellow on preservation in ice.

Mantle broad, ovate, broadest at the anterior end, in fresh condition transverse-tiger stripe pattern prominant on the dorsal side of mantle. Tentacular club short with minute suckers without any enlarged suckers, swimming membrane well developed but not reaching beyond the club. Dorsal protective membrane, in males arms highly elongate, robust, with broad sucker bearing surface; In females arms soft and not robust. Fins muscular, starts slightly below anterior margin of mantle; A narrow distinct white line seen along base of fins demarcating mantle. Funnel large stout, large and thick walled reaches almost base of ventral arm, funnel locking apparatus consists of short curved deep and broad groove, rounded anteriorly and pointed posteriorly, a short ridge on the mantle highest in middle funnel valve large, rounded and triangular. Head prominent, short; Eye prominent; Remarkable sexual dimorphism exists with respect to the shape and length of the arms. Arms with broad sucker bearing surface. Suckers in arms quadriserially arranged and have horny rings with vertical sides. Suckers in basal rows larger and get gradually reduced in size towards distal end, those at tip very minute, arms in male very robust with prominent stripes on the sides. Inner cone of cuttlebone short, round cape like with cavity and white in color. Hectocotylization pattern has 8 basal transverse series of suckers normally followed by 7 series of modified suckers in the hectocotylised portion.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Small Striped Cuttlefish (English)
• Chinna Vari Anavai (Hindi)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin Bay INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Neethiselvan, N and Venkataramani, VK (2002) Sepia prabahari sp. nov. (Mollusca/Cephalopoda), a new species of Acanthosepion species complex from Tuticorin bay, southeast coast of India Indian Journal of Marine Sciences NISCAIR 31(1) 45-51 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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