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Sepia bandensis

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Colin Lee Subject: Stumpy-spined cuttlefish (Sepia bandensis) Dive site: Critter Hunt Location: Lembeh (Indonesia) Camera / housing: Nikon D700 / Subal Lens: Nikon 105mm VR macro ISO: 1250 Shutter / aperture: 1/100s @ f/13 Strobes: None - shot using a torch illuminating the cuttlefish Year: 2010

Ken Thongpila Very interesting shot... Only sharp in the eye. Nice...

Message posted on Underwater Macro Photographers on 06 Oct 2011
Blogie Robillo Is this Sepia bandensis (stumpy-spined cuttlefish)? Spotted it on a night dive, in about 12m of water.

Blogie Robillo A tiny cuttlefish, measuring about 3cm long (excluding its arms), spotted during a night dive. ID pls?

Andy Gray Reaper cuttlefish/ Sepia mestus?

Blogie Robillo There's very little description available for S. mestus, and the arms or tentacles look different...

Marcel Hagendijk Looks like what we call pygmy cuttle fish here. was it in a pair?

Blogie Robillo Thanks for that, Marcel! Someone else told me too that this was a pygmy cuttlefish, so I guess that confirms it. No, it was alone that time, but I have seen this species in pairs before.

Marcel Hagendijk We have a lot of them here, they work in pairs. The bigger one seems to be the female, guarding, as the smaller one hunts for food. opening up the tentacles, and the female takes the food out from the beak

Marcel Hagendijk looks the same as mating, but with mating, the bigger one opens up, and the smaller one takes the eggs, and deposits them. Funny, almost everybody thinks the see mating when they are actually feeding

Marcel Hagendijk they are very territorial as well. When 2 pairs meet, the bigger ones have a stand-off, and start flashing their colors, while trying to swim on top of the other one, to decide dominance...

Marcel Hagendijk damnnn, you can see I spend a lot of time looking /filming/photographing them... I should really get a life.........

Blogie Robillo Thanks for the info, Marcel! And I think it's a good life spending time underwater! :)

Blogie Robillo Btw, maybe this might help. I just remembered, this cuttlefish was very near another but slightly bigger one. I just didn't make the connection because I thought they were of different species. But after reading up on Sepia bandensis, I was thinking maybe this one and the one I've attached here are "husband and wife"? http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/12585567

Marcel Hagendijk you're probably right. like i said, we call them pygmy cuttlefish, but I never actually looked up the real name...

Marcel Hagendijk just send you a few pics via message, of the same on in various sizes and states

Marcel Hagendijk they get stumpy, smooth, different colors

Carl-Johan Nilsson This is a Pygmy. It attaches and deattaches itself to stuff using some kind of "bodily glue". https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.191517844231469.44470.100001197658091&type=3#!/photo.php?fbid=191531864230067&set=a.191517844231469.44470.100001197658091&type=3&theater

Viola Zhang Cute!! @Lembeh

Ron Silver Dwarf Cuttlefish, Sepia bandensis

Viola Zhang Thanks a lot Ron!

Stuart Pearce Nice shot :)

Ernst Andres <3 <3 <3

Message posted on The Global Diving Community on 22 Sep 2013
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Mollusca (Phylum)
    Cephalopoda (Class)
      Coleoidea (Subclass)
        Decapodiformes (Infraclass)
          Sepiida (Order)
            Sepiidae (Family)
              Sepia (Genus)
                Sepia bandensis (Species)
Associated Species