Sepia arabica   Massy,  1916 (Cuttlefish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Cephalopoda

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Size: Max length 8.8 cm ML (male)

Color: Brownish; the dorsal side is darkish; ventral mantle is pale,10-12 circular
purplish patches are present at the base of the fins at the posterior half of the mantle.

Body elongate, narrow, bluntly pointed posteriorly, the mantle extending dorsally to level with the eyes. The mantle is narrow, elongate and slightly compressed; size small and posterior end blunt. The middorsal projection of the mantle is well excavated on the sides. The head is small, narrower than the mantle opening and slightly flattened. The funnel is small and wide. Eyes are large. Two prominent ear-shaped fleshy lobe-like projections are present one on either side of the eyes, their outer surface bear bluish transverse stripes in fresh condition. The cuttlebone is long, slender, extremely narrow, rounded anteriorly and tapers posteriorly. The posterior portion of the cuttlebone is curved.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Arabian Cuttlefish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram, Thangachimadam INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Voss, AN; Vecchione, M; Ronald, BT and Sweeney, JM (1998) Systematics and biogeography of cephalopods Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D. C 1(586) 1-276 Available at - NIO, RC, Kochi
  • Nateewathana, A (1996) The Sepiidae (Cephalopoda) of the Andaman Sea, Thailand Phuket Marine Biological Center Special Publication 16 145-176 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Sundaram, KS; Sarvesan, R; Mohamed, KH and Shanbhogue, SL (1969) Catalogue of molluscs, prawns, stomatopods and marine algae in the reference collections of the central marine fisheries research institute Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 9 1-52 Available at -
  • Silas, EG; Sarvesan, R; Rao, KS; Nair, KP and Meiyappan, MM (1985) Identity of common species of cephalopods of India Cephalopod bionomics, fisheries and resources of the exclusive economic zone of India Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI 37 13-37 Available at -

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