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Little cuttlefish (Sepiola atlantica)

Distribution data supplied by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). To interrogate UK data visit the NBN Atlas.

Summary

Description

A plump, rounded cuttlefish small in size of up to 6 cm, with rounded fins that do not run along its entire length. The colour varies from black-brown to pale dorsally and pale ventrally. It is rarely striped.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Found around much of the English and Scottish coastline and in a few locations in Wales. Also found to the east and south coasts of Ireland.

Global distribution

Northeast Atlantic Ocean; from Iceland and Norway to Northwest Africa.

Habitat

Often found in rockpools, subtidally and offshore. Swims over or burrows in sand and gravel.

Depth range

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Identifying features

  • Dorsal mantle edge fused to head between eyes.
  • Tentacular clubs with 8 suckers in transverse rows.
  • Colour - very variable, black-brown to pale dorsally, usually pale ventrally.

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Bibliography

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Citation

This review can be cited as:

Wilson, E. 2008. Sepiola atlantica Little cuttlefish. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 16-10-2018]. Available from: https://www.marlin.ac.uk/species/detail/1103

Last Updated: 17/04/2008