The type specimen was collected by the Edgar Thurston in 1894 off Ramesvaram Island in the Bay of Bengal ( ) and is deposited at The Natural History Museum in London. It was not named until 1966 when it was described by Adam and Rees in their review of the collections of the British Museum Natural History's cephalopod collections.
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- Julian Finn (2016). "Sepia thurstoni Adam & Rees, 1966". World Register of Marine Species. Flanders Marine Institute. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
- Reid, A., P. Jereb, & C.F.E. Roper 2005. Family Sepiidae. In: P. Jereb & C.F.E. Roper, eds. Cephalopods of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of species known to date. Volume 1. Chambered nautiluses and sepioids (Nautilidae, Sepiidae, Sepiolidae, Sepiadariidae, Idiosepiidae and Spirulidae). FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes. No. 4, Vol. 1. Rome, FAO. pp. 57–152.
- WIlliam Adam; William J. Rees (1966). "A Review of the Cephalopod Sepiidae". Scientific reports / John Murray Expedition 1933-34. XI (1): 2–4.
- Current Classification of Recent Cephalopoda
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