Sepia zanzibarica

Sepia zanzibarica

Sepia zanzibarica, Zanzibar cuttlefish

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Sepia zanzibarica

Sepia zanzibarica, or the Zanzibar cuttlefish, is a species of cuttlefish native to the Indian Ocean.


The arms of Sepia zanzibarica have four series of suckers with a hectocotylus present on the left ventral arm which has 6 rows of suckers which are highly reduced in size in the middle and normal sized towards the tip of the arm with the oral surface of modified region is wide, engorged, fleshyand has transversely grooved ridges. The suckers of two each of the dorsal and ventral series are laterally displaced and widely separated while another 2 ventral serues are so close that the sucker rows appear to alternate. The tentacular clubs are short and oval with six suckers in crosswise rows, the suckers vary in size with some on the inner rows being a little largers than the others The swimming keel of the club reaches slightly beyond the carpus at the end nearest the head and the ventral protective membranes do not join at the club base. There are a small number of tiny suckers on the buccal membrane. The cuttlebone is oblong in shape, rounded on the anterior and posterior edges, a strongly recurved ventral surface and an evenly convex dorsal surface. The mantle length averages 250 mm.



It is found in the western Indian Ocean along the east coats of Africa from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa north to Djibouti and the Gulf of Aden, it is also found off Madagascar, the Comoro Islands and the Mascarene Islands, as well as the Seychelles and Socotra.

Habits and Lifestyle

Sepia zanzibarica occurs at depths of 34 to 95 m.


1. Sepia zanzibarica Wikipedia article -
2. Sepia zanzibarica on The IUCN Red List site -

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