SepiaKatharina M. Mangold (1922-2003) and Richard E. Young
This genus is probably the most speciose in the Cephalopoda. Because of the great variability among species, the genus is best defined by the other two genera; that is, Sepia is the sepiid that doesn't have the major characters that define Metasepia and Sepiella.
- without pore at posterior end of mantle.
- with cuttlebone length approximately the same as mantle length.
- Funnel component of locking apparatus without pit-like depression at midpoint of groove.
- Mantle without posterior gland and pore (see Sepiella).
- Cuttlebone length approximately equals mantle length.
- Cuttlebone usually with posterior spine between fins.
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.
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