Author Topic: 2012-09-03 Metasepia pfefferi  (Read 1932 times)

Offline Cortexture

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2012-09-03 Metasepia pfefferi
« on: September 03, 2012, 02:00:42 PM »



Animalia
  Mollusca
    Cephalopoda
      Sepiida
        Sepiidae
          Metasepia
             pfefferi


The Flamboyant Cuttlefish!


This small and robust variant of the cuttlefish has several distintive traits, not the least of which are the striking color color patters it flashes, perhaps in part to adverse that it is poisonous. It also is the only cuttlefish I've seen that 'walks' around on the sea floor and also perhaps the smallest, topping out around 8cm.


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/tHnm4I4RBMo" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/tHnm4I4RBMo</a>


You can find lots of information about these very tiny but brightly colored predators over at the CephBase or read their MarineBio (there are many links and references from here).  You can also find more pictures of them on the Arkive.


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Re: 2012-09-03 Metasepia pfefferi
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2012, 03:25:53 PM »
cephalopods are amazing!

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Re: 2012-09-03 Metasepia pfefferi
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2012, 09:29:15 PM »
I think this is my new favorite animal!

So cute! Thanks for sharing :)