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Cuttlefish

Sepia sp

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Pharaoh Cuttlefish

FUN FACTS
A cuttlefish can rapidly change the texture of its skin. This technique is often used to communicate to other cuttlefish during mating rituals, but also helps the cuttlefish hide from predators.  If hiding doesn’t work, the cuttlefish can quickly jet away, leaving behind a cloud of foul tasting black ink in the face of its attacker. 

CONSERVATION
Like many species of cuttlefish, the Pharaoh cuttlefish is a valuable part of large-scale commercial fisheries through Asia.  Cuttlefish are harvested for their meat.

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About This Animal

SIZE: 12-16 inches long 

RANGE: From the Red Sea to Japan and also Australia 

HABITAT: Shallow waters and reefs to depths of 200m

DIET: Small crustaceans and fish. 


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