Sepiella inermis   (Van Hasselt,  1835) (Cuttlefish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Cephalopoda

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Size: Maximum mantle length about 125 mm; total length 35.4-84.7 mm; head length 9.1-28.2 mm; tentacle length 7.9-11 mm

Color: Grayish brown. Dorsal mantle has more than 7 reddish patches adjacent to base of fins.

Mantle oblong, broadly oval; the dorsal margin is angularly rounded and mid-doral projection is not much pronounced; the ventral margin of the mantle is emarginate; the mantle has a pigmented gland and an orifice
at its posterior end ventrally. The funnel is short and thick. Posterior gland and gland pore pigmented reddish. Protective membranes on arms in both sexes wide, well-developed. Arm suckers tetraserial. Hectocotylus present on left ventral arm: 10 rows of reduced suckers proximally. Club with 12 to 24 suckers in transverse rows (very variable depending upon geographic area). Swimming keel of club slightly shorter than carpus; dorsal and ventral protective membranes not joined at base of club; extend proximal to carpus along stalk as low ridges. Cuttlebone outline oval, broad; cuttlebone width 33 to 43% cuttlebone length; strongly convex in lateral view; granulose dorsally; dorsal median rib distinct. Spine absent. Striated zone and last loculus convex; sulcus extends entire length of cuttlebone. Inner cone limbs are uniform width, narrow, inner cone U-shape posteriorly, thickened, raised in the centre as a rounded knob; outer cone chitinous, spatulate, expanded. The tentacles are very long and slender. The swimming membrane of the tentacular clubs is slightly shorter than the club.

Females grow larger than males and growth is allometric in both sexes.

Synonym (s)
Sepia affinis Eydoux & Souleyet, 1852
Sepiella microcheirus Gray, 1849
Sepiella inermis (Van Hasselt, 1835)
(Senior synonym)
Diphtherosepion martini Rochebrune, 1884
(Junior synonym)
Sepia affinis Souleyet, 1852
(Junior synonym)
Sepia inermis Van Hasselt, 1835
(Senior synonym)
Sepia microcheirus Gray, 1849
(Junior synonym)
Sepia tourannensis Souleyet, 1852
(Junior synonym)
Sepiella curta Pfeffer, 1884
(Junior synonym)
Sepiella maindroni Rochebrune, 1884
(Junior synonym)
Sepia (Sepiella) microcheirus Gray, 1849
Sepiella inermis d'Orbigny, 1848
Sepiella inermis Jothinayagam, 1987
Sepiella inermis Ferussac et d'Orbigny, 1835-48
Sepiella inermis Massy, 1916
Sepiella inermis Silas, 1968

Common Name (s)
• Buddakalivinda (Telugu)
• Kandabai (Telugu)
• Komitichanchulu (Telugu)
• Dedka (Gujarati)
• Kappe Bondas (Kannada)
• Kallan Kanava (Malayalam)
• Kanava (Malayalam)
• Makali (Marathi)
• Kadamba (Tamil)
• Chiki (Bengali)
• Spineless Cuttlefish (English)
• Cephalopods
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Demersal, Coastal
Prey:  Small demersal fishes, crustaceans, other cephalopods


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• West Bengal, Sundarbans (Lat: 21.5) (Long: 88.17) INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Godavari Estuary (Lat: 16.63) (Long: 82.3) INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lagoon (Lat: 19.77) (Long: 85.33) INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Off Waltair INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Off Chennai INDIA
• Kerala, Off Kochi INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada INDIA
• West Bengal, Digha INDIA (Record: 27/11/1984)
• West Bengal, Basanti INDIA (Record: 27/02/1986)
• West Bengal, Medinipur INDIA
• West Bengal, North 24 Parganas INDIA
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Maharashtra INDIA
• Pondicherry INDIA
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Red Sea
• Karnataka, Netrani Island (Lat: 14.03) (Long: 74.55) INDIA (Record: 05/2006) (Depth: -(10-15) mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kundugal Point INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Orissa, Baleshwar Bay INDIA
• Orissa, Off Paradwip INDIA (Record: 31/01/1972)
• Orissa, Puri INDIA (Record: 20/03/1906-22/03/1906, 01/02/1909, 02/02/1909, 1908)
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA (Record: 09/01/1890)
• Orissa, Gopalpur INDIA (Record: 28/11/1973)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA
• Kerala, Kannur INDIA
• Kerala, Kochi INDIA
• Kerala, Tellicherry INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• West Bengal, Sandheads INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Dhanushkodi INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vedalai INDIA
• Kerala INDIA

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