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Metasepia Hoyle, 1885

Katharina M. Mangold (1922-2003) and Richard E. Young
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This genus contains the following two species:
Containing group: Sepiidae


These small sepiids look much like other members of the family but they differ in having a reduced cuttlebone.

Brief diagnosis:

A sepiid ...


  1. Funnel
    1. Funnel component of locking apparatus with pit-like depression at midpoint of groove.

  2. Mantle
    1. Mantle nearly as broad as long.
    2. Posterior gland and pore absent.

  3. Shell
    1. Cuttlebone 75-85% of mantle in length; located in anterior part of mantle.
    2. Cuttlebone with rhomboidal shape.
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      Figure. Dorsal, side and ventral views of the cuttlebone of M. tullbergi, 32 mm shell length, Japanese waters. Drawing from Sasaki (1929).


Sandy bottom communities in the Indo-Malayan subregion of the Indo-West Pacific region (Nesis, 1982/7). 


Adam, W. and W. J. Rees. 1966. A review of the cephalopod family Sepiidae. Sci. Rep. John Murray Exped. 11: 1-165.

Khromov, D. N., C. C. Lu, A. Guerra, Zh. Dong and S. v. Boletzky. 1998. A synopsis of Sepiidae outside Australian waters. Smithson. Contr. Zool., 586: 77-156.

Lu, C. C. A synopsis of Sepiidae in Australian waters. 1998. Smithson. Contr. Zool., 586:159-190.

Sasaki, M. 1929. A Monograph of the Dibranchiate Cephalopods of the Japanese and Adjacent Waters. Journal of the College of Agriculture, Hokkaido Imperial University, 20(supplement):357 pages.

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Scientific Name Metasepia tullbergi
Location Sea of Japan
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
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Katharina M. Mangold (1922-2003)
Laboratoire Arago, Banyuls-Sur-Mer, France

University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA

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