A giant cuttlefish breeding male on seabed

Giant cuttlefish

The Australian giant cuttlefish is the largest of the world’s hundred or so species of cuttlefish. It can grow to lengths of about a metre and weigh over 10kg (22 pounds). Like all cephalopods, it is carnivorous.

Scientific name: Sepia apama

Rank: Species

Common names:

Australian giant cuttlefish

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Distribution

The Giant cuttlefish can be found in a number of locations including: Australia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

Habitats

The following habitats are found across the Giant cuttlefish distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Shallow seas Shallow seas
Shallow seas cover the continental shelves. These sunlit, or neritic, waters are where the oceans are most productive, where biomass is highest and where all the major sea fisheries of the world take their catches.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Classification

  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Molluscs
  4. Cephalopods
  5. Sepiida
  6. Sepiidae
  7. Sepia cuttlefish
  8. Giant cuttlefish

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