How do I tell what kind of cuttlefish I have?

Discussion in 'Cuttlefish Care' started by know-it-all, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. know-it-all

    know-it-all O. vulgaris Registered

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    I've read alot of info about cuttles, but nothing to let me know for sure
    what type I have.

    I have it down to either a sepia bandensis, or sepia.o.
    I picked it up from the LFS, and they weren't sure what type.
    I forgot to ask where the recieved it from.

    The cuttle has a 1.5" long mantle, and is in a 37 gal. for now.
    It's eating like a pig, but a little skiddish for now.

    Basicly, I just want to know if he has 1 month left,
    or should I plan to set-up to 200 gal. that's in my basment.

    unfortunatly, I don't have a camera to take a picture.
     
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    Its most likely an officinalis as they're being captive bred by octopets at the moment. What does it look like? If it has a normal 'w' eye, its an officinalis, if its a 'w' wih two extra coverings? its a bandensis. Sorry for the vague description, its pretty hard to explain.... Look at the cuttlefish article in this forum, pictures of bot bandensis and officinalis are there.
     
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    Thanks,

    I think it has only a normal W eye, I didn't see any coverings.


    I tried to identify thru any pictures, but they are all
    titled "cuttlefishfour" or even less vague than that.
     
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    Well, the cuttle hovering in the water is a bandensis, the one munching on the crab is the officinalis
     
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    It is really difficult to tell them apart

    but there is a really good site which has specifics which you select - hooks on tentacles etc and it tells you what it is!!

    go to google type in cuttlefish it is an aussie site got to links and there is a link there
     
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    That was an officinalis :)
     
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    Thanks,

    Looks like I'll need to start setting up the 150 I have in the basement.

    good thing X-mas is comming.
     

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