Bobtail squid are a group cephalopods of closely related to Cuttlefish. Bobtail squid tend to have a rounder mantle than cuttlefish and have no cuttlebone They have eight suckered arms and two tentacles and are generally quite small. They live in shallow coastal waters of the Pacific Ocean and some parts of the Indian Ocean as well as in shallow waters on the west coast of the Cape Peninsula off South Africa. Like cuttlefish, they can swim by either using the fins on their mantle or by jet propulsion.


“Atlantic Bobtail” (Sepiola atlantica)

…a small species of bobtail squid (Sepiolida) that is native to the northeastern Atlantic Ocean, ranging from Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and western Norway to the Moroccan coast. Like other bobtail squid Sepiola atlantica is quite small with both sexes reaching a maximum mantle lenght of around 21 mm.


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