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Giant cuttlefish

Sepia apama

(Image credit: Antonia Cooper)

The Australian giant cuttlefish is the largest cuttlefish species in the world reaching a total length of up to 1 m and a weight of 5 kg. Males are larger than females with accentuated marginal arms. Males also have the ability to exhibit different colour patterning depending on the circumstance (e.g. for breeding or defence).

Length: Up to 1 m


Reef, seagrass, muddy and sandy habitats; 0-100 m depth

Log it

We're regarding the giant cuttle as a 'species of interest' - something we need more information on to better assess it's distribution.

In South Australia, log this species if you see it in Spencer Gulf outside the Point Lowly area

Related links/info

Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following books:

Australian Marine Life: The Plants and Animals of Temperate Waters by G. J. Edgar, Revised Ed. (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne

Fishes of Australia’s Southern Coast, Edited by M. Gomon. D. Bray and R. Kuiter (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne

Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/

Number of sightings 3

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