Sepiola rondeleti

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Sepiola rondeleti
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Sepiola rondeleti from the Mediterranean Sea (17 mm ML, 23 mm ML)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Sepiolida
Family: Sepiolidae
Subfamily: Sepiolinae
Genus: Sepiola
Species: S. rondeleti
Binomial name
Sepiola rondeleti
Leach, 1834

Sepiola rondeleti, also known as the Dwarf Bobtail, is a species of bobtail squid native to the northeastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, including the Strait of Sicily, Aegean Sea, Adriatic Sea, Sea of Marmara, and Levantine Sea. In the northeastern Atlantic, its natural range extends from the North Sea to Senegal.[1]

Specimen preserved in formaldehyde

Females grow to 60 mm in mantle length (though usually from 40 to 50 mm), while males are not known to exceed 25 mm ML.[1]

The type specimen was collected in the Mediterranean Sea and was deposited at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. It no longer exists.[2]


  1. ^ a b Reid, A. & P. Jereb 2005. Family Sepiolidae. 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. 153–203.
  2. ^ Current Classification of Recent Cephalopoda

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