Sepia aculeata Van Hasselt, 1835
Needle cuttlefish
Sepia aculeata
photo by FAO

Family:  Sepiidae (cuttlefishes)
Max. size:  23 cm ML (male/unsexed); max.weight: 1,300.0 g
Environment:  benthic; marine; depth range 0 - 60 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Southern India to Japan and the Philippines.
Diagnosis:  Mantle about half as broad as long; tentacular club long, slender with 10-12 minute, subequal suckers in each row across the club in males, 13-14 suckers across in females, club protective membranes not united, extending proximally along oral face of stalk as lo ridges, Left arm IV hectocotylized: about 12 normal suckers (3 series) proximally followed by about 5 or 6 series of very small suckers in ventral longitudinal rows, corresponding suckers of dorsal longitudinal rows extremely minute (or absent) in a deep, smooth groove, suckers normal distally, Color: dorsal mantle with a fine, dark-pigmented, transverse, reticulate color pattern, a pale reflective line along bases of fins (Ref. 275).
Biology:  Usually caught using otter trawls. Pair trawls are used for offshore fishing and smaller catches and to a lesser extent, squid light-lures and traps. Push nets and lift nets are used for inshore and coastal fishing (Ref. 346). Commercially caught from Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea (Ref. 1695). Occurs from shore down to 60 m (Ref. 275).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 11 March 2009 Ref. 123251)
Threat to humans: 
Country info:  C: Refs. 346, 1695; M: Refs. 346, 1695.

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