Help me ID this pygmy squid - Indonesia

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  1. Polpessa

    Polpessa Cuttlefish Registered

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    Hello,
    I need help in order to ID this pygmy squid found in Raja Ampat Indonesia.

    It was seen at approximately 12 metres depth on a coral slope. It was approximately 1 or 1.5 cm long. See photo with pointer stick for scale.

    Any help most appreciated!
     
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    It is some kind of cuttlefish.
     
  3. mucktopus

    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Helloooo from Sorong (you in town?)! Hmm that's a tricky one- The yellow color is interesting- I saw one in Wakatobi that color, but that was in intertidal seagrass. My guess is it may be a juvenile crinoid cuttle? We were just in Dampier, and one of the guests photographed a bright orange one (could be same kind)?
     
  4. Polpessa

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    Hey there Mucktopus, I'm on the island, unfortunately can't visit in Sorong at the moment.

    So is it agreed that it's a cuttlefish and not a squid at least? Any hope of a latin name ID or are the pictures too inconclusive?

    Thanks for your comments and help!
     
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    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Oh well, I'm in Mayalibit by now anyway. But may have a little "flexible" time in R4 in early Dec...one trip appears to have been canceled, possibly giving me some open time in the schedule.

    It's definitely a cuttlefish, and a very small one. Sepia esculenta apparently shows some golden color patterns, so it could be that one- I'm not very familiar with that species though. No matter what it is, it's a gorgeous find!

    Also- (off topic) we didn't see any bleaching in Dampier including the sites where Mark had seen blanching. Phew!
     
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    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Oh well, I'm in Mayalibit by now anyway. But may have a little "flexible" time in R4 in early Dec...one trip appears to have been canceled, possibly giving me some open time in the schedule.

    It's definitely a cuttlefish, and a very small one. Sepia esculenta apparently shows some golden color patterns, so it could be that one- I'm not very familiar with that species though. No matter what it is, it's a gorgeous find!

    Also- (off topic) we didn't see any bleaching in Dampier including the sites where Mark had seen blanching. Phew!
     
  7. Polpessa

    Polpessa Cuttlefish Registered

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    Thank you again very much for the info, this is very interesting! I will send you an email letting you know why I have been trying to ID this guy.

    Also great to hear about the lack of bleaching, what a relief!
     

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