Sepia insignis

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Sepia insignis
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Sepiida
Family: Sepiidae
Genus: Sepia
S. insignis
Binomial name
Sepia insignis
Smith, 1916[2]

Sepia insignis is a species of cuttlefish native to the southwestern Indian Ocean, specifically South Africa, from the Cape of Good Hope to Natal. It lives at depths to 42 m.[3]

S. insignis grows to a mantle length of 60 mm.[3]

The type specimens, consisting solely of cuttlebones, were collected on Tongaat Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (29°35′S 31°07′E / 29.583°S 31.117°E / -29.583; 31.117). They are deposited at The Natural History Museum in London.[4]


  1. ^ Barratt, I.; Allcock, L. (2012). "Sepia insignis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012: e.T162561A916691. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2012-1.RLTS.T162561A916691.en. Downloaded on 19 February 2018.
  2. ^ Julian Finn (2016). "Sepia insignis Smith, 1916". World Register of Marine Species. Flanders Marine Institute. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b 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.
  4. ^ Current Classification of Recent Cephalopoda

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