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Common Cuttlefish

Sepia officinalis

The common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) is a species of marine mollusk in the cephalopod family. They have a distinctive, wide, and flat body with a unique internal shell called a cuttlebone. 

The common cuttlefish can grow up to 20 inches (50 cm) in length and weigh up to 2.2 pounds (1 kg). Their skin is covered in small, raised bumps and has the ability to rapidly change color and texture for communication, camouflage, and self-defense.

The common cuttlefish is widely distributed in the coastal waters of the Mediterranean and northeastern Atlantic Ocean. They prefer shallow waters and are commonly found in seagrass beds, rocky reefs, and sandy bottoms.

The common cuttlefish is a carnivorous species that feeds on small fish, crustaceans, and other invertebrates. They use their two tentacles and beak to capture and kill their prey, which they then consume whole.

The common cuttlefish is a solitary species that is known for its highly developed communication and camouflage abilities. 

They use their ability to rapidly change color and texture to signal to other cuttlefish, attract mates, and avoid predators. Cuttlefish are also known to be intelligent, with the ability to learn and solve problems.

The common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) is a species of cephalopod in the family Sepiidae. It is closely related to other cephalopods such as squid and octopuses, and is considered one of the most advanced species of cuttlefish. 

The species was first described in 1758 and is widely studied for its unique biology and behavior.

The common cuttlefish is not currently listed as endangered or threatened by the IUCN Red List. However, its population is vulnerable to overfishing and habitat destruction, and ongoing monitoring and conservation efforts are necessary to ensure its survival.

 In some areas, the common cuttlefish is considered a valuable commercial species and is harvested for food and as a source of cuttlebone, which is used as a calcium supplement for pet birds.

Common Cuttlefish Featured
By Jarek Tuszyński / CC-BY-SA-3.0 & GDFL, CC BY-SA 3.0,
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"Common cuttlefish looks back at us." by jumpingspider is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
"L'Aquàrium: Common Cuttlefish" by Sebastian Niedlich (Grabthar) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.