Reaper cuttlefish

Sepia mestus

''Sepia mestus'', also known as the Reaper cuttlefish or simply Red cuttlefish, is a species of cuttlefish native to the southwestern Pacific Ocean, specifically Escape Reef off Queensland to Murrays Beach off Jervis Bay . Reports of this species from China and Vietnam are now known to be misidentifications. ''S. mestus'' lives at a depth of between 0 and 22 m.

''S. mestus'' exhibits sexual dimorphism. Females grow to a mantle length of 124 mm, while males do not exceed 77 mm ML.

The type specimen was collected off the Australian coast and is deposited at The Natural History Museum in London.
Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionMollusca
ClassCephalopoda
OrderSepiida
FamilySepiidae
GenusSepia
SpeciesS. mestus