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#1 Nick Hope

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 10:36 AM

We've kind of been here before, but anyway...

 

I identified this cuttlefish from the Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, as Sepia bandensis (dwarf cuttlefish), but now I'm wondering if it's more likely a small Sepia latimanus (broadclub cuttlefish), or even something else. Any idea? Sorry, I'm not sure of the size, but the dead staghorn coral it's in puts it at perhaps 8-10cm. It kind of "blushes" red.

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#2 Nick Hope

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 11:02 PM

I've now identified this as an undescribed "crinoid cuttlefish", Sepia sp., as seen at the bottom of p401 of "Tropical Pacific Reef Creature Identification" by Humann and Deloach. The eye shape and the pattern on the front of the lower arms are a match. I've learnt that eye shape is key in cuttlefish ID, and the eye shape of S. bandensis is very distinctive, with a kind of "inlet" in the upper eyelid.







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