Sepia plangon

Mourning cuttle
Sepia plangon
Sepia plangon, Port Stephens, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
Sepia plangon
Sepia plangon, Port Stephens, NSW, Photo: Andrew Green
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Sepia plangon
Sepia plangon


Temperate Australasia


The mantle of Sepia plangon is proportionately longer than on the other species and extends to between the eyes. The species often has a bluish tinge around the eyes. Its cuttlebone is slender with a groove on the lower surface and a small spine. The species grows to only a small size and is usually confined to estuaries.


Max Size: 13 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 15.5-24.6°C

Depth: 2-85m

Habitat Generalization Index: N/A

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Occurrence: Frequent (16.9% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (2 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney