Sepiolid burying behavior

Neogonodactylus

Haliphron Atlanticus
Staff member
Moderator
Joined
Mar 17, 2003
Messages
662
Reaction score
195
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En7nlyy52QE


I posted this video on TONMO, but I'm not sure how you find it, so I'm also providing the YouTube address.

During our recent work on Lizard Island (North Queensland) we caught three of these small bottletailed squid. The smallest was 1.5 cm and the largest just over 2 cm. All three were taken at night (no moon) using a dive light. They were from sandy areas with patch reefs (1 - 17 m). I don't recall collecting this species before, but they were apparently common this August.

Like many sepiolids, they employ two arms to bury themselves in sand, but couple this with blasts of water from the funnel fore and aft. Also, when exposed they assume a characteristic orange color, but as they bury in the sand, they turn black and white.

Roy
 

Members online

No members online now.

Forum statistics

Threads
20,273
Messages
204,714
Members
8,459
Latest member
stranger401

Monty Awards

TONMOCON IV (2011): Terri
TONMOCON V (2013): Jean
TONMOCON VI (2015): Taollan
TONMOCON VII (2018): ekocak

Top