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Order Cephalopoda
Family Sepiidae

Marine cephalopod mollusc with mantle more than 2 times longer than wide, dorsal anterior mantle margin triangular, acute; ventral mantle margin emarginate. Tentacular club slender; protective membranes not united proximally and not extending proximally onto stalk; suckers small, not much larger than arm suckers, 8 suckers arranged in oblique, transverse rows, 3rd in series slightly enlarged. Left ventral arm (IV) (hectocotylus) with 2 to 5 normal suckers at its base and 9 to 13 rows of minute spaced suckers on its proximal third; dorsal protective membrane very broad, almost completely covering suckers. Colour: purplish brown. Arms have a transverse zebra-stripe pattern and a longitudinal orange-red pigmented stripe along their aboral surfaces. Dorsal mantle has small spots (predominantly posteriorly) and narrow, cream-coloured, broken transverse lines. Fins pale with narrow lustrous orange-pink band along base in males bordered by purplish band and 1 or 2 longitudinal rows of numerous short bars. Maximum mantle length 175 mm.

FAO code
Sepia bertheloti
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Fishing seasons
feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
China 非洲乌贼
Italy Seppia atlantica
Portugal Choco
United Kingdom Cuttlefish
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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