name that cephalopod

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  1. mucktopus

    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    I'll post more pieces of the puzzle and other angles, but have fun with this one for now.
     

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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    My first guess is O. marginatus from all the little patterns but that looks like the meat from a cooked lobster claw!
     
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    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    I'm guessing this is a cuttlefish...
     
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    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Cuttlefish indeed...now which one?
     

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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    The patterns make me think it's big, so I'm going to guess Sepia apama...
     
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    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Monty is probably correct, but I'm going to go with S. mestus.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    I am wondering if the little bump is diagnostic (found two with posterior additions) but neither really seems to fit what we see so far so I am waiting on more clues to make another guess.
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Hmmm, tough to say based on the ventral view with its sparse chromatophores, S. apama certainly contender, probably more than S. pharaonis, I would say, based on close up of arms, apama has these typical white zebra's running across that are not really represented in the first pic.
     
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    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    Here's another shot of the same individual.

    Location: The Island of Batanta.
     

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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Which Sepia, besides Pfeffer's flamboyant cuttle, walks on all fours, hmmm.... I also take it this is a local species?
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Whilst trawling teh interwebz for relevant info, I came accross this little fellow filmed near Gili Trawangan... Wow, Wow, Wow!

     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    It's not a smallish latimanus, is it?
     
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    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    I would guess that is Sepia mestus, they have yellow surrounding their eye.
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    You're correcting my lolspeak :wink:
     
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    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    It's the teacher in me... :grin:
     
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    mucktopus Haliphron Atlanticus Staff Member Moderator

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    ok last pic...
     

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    cuttlegirl Colossal Squid Supporter Registered

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    Ok, so not S. mestus, I'm going to to with S. plangon.
     
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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Given the amount of possible differences in colouration, anything goes, really :wink: S. plangon does have these two distinct "horns" on its posterior mantle, visible in the second pic, so...

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    OB Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    PS: S. latimanus also appears to show the bright yellow green surrounding the eyes.

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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    The one in the vid? Yep.
     

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