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Sepietta Naef, 1912

Michael Vecchione and Richard E. Young
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Containing group: Sepiolinae



A sepiolin ...


  1. Arms
    1. Arm suckers in two series.
    2. Hectocotylus with 3-4 basal suckers followed by a copulatory apparatus with 3-4 tubercules; distally arm with spoon-like widening.
    3.  image info

      Figure. Ventral view of arms I of species of Sepietta , mature males. Left - S. petersi. Middle - S. oweniana. Right - S. neglecta. Drawings from Naef (1921-23).

  2. Tentacles
    1. Tentacular club with suckers in 16-32 series.

  3. Photophores.
    1. Photophores absent.

  4. Gladius
    1. Gladius weakly developed ("... a very delicate, colorless thread ... which is difficult to find." Naef, 1921-23.)


Eastern Atlantic Ocean from southern Norway to Mediterranean Sea and near Madeira (Nesis, 1982/1987). The are found at depth from 3-400 m in the Mediterranean Sea (Naef, 1921-23).


Naef, A. 1921-1923. Die Cephalopoden. Fauna e Flora del Golfo di Napoli, Monographie 35, Vol I, Parts I and II, Systematik, pp 1-863.

Nesis, K. N. 1982/87. Abridged key to the cephalopod mollusks of the world's ocean. 385+ii pp. Light and Food Industry Publishing House, Moscow. (In Russian.). Translated into English by B. S. Levitov, ed. by L. A. Burgess (1987), Cephalopods of the world. T. F. H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ, 351pp.

Title Illustrations
Scientific Name Sepietta oweniana
Location Mediterranean Sea
Reference Naef, A. 1921-1923. Die Cephalopoden. Fauna e Flora del Golfo di Napoli, Monographie 35, Vol I, Parts I and II, Systematik, pp 1-863.
Life Cycle Stage Adult
View Dorsal
Size 27 mm, 29 mm ML
About This Page

National Marine Fisheries Service
Systematics Laboratory
National Museum of Natural History
Washington, D. C. 20560

Richard E. Young

Dept of Oceanography
University of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

Citing this page:

Vecchione, Michael and Young, Richard E. 2003. Sepietta Naef, 1912. Version 30 November 2003 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Sepietta/20041/2003.11.30 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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