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What species of tiny squid is this ?

Discussion in 'Name that Critter' started by calypsonick, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. calypsonick

    calypsonick Instructor, Scuba

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    These guys were the highlight of last night's dive. These little squid, the size of a thumbprint (~2-3 cm), were all over the place.

    Depth: Between 5 to 14 meters
    Habitat where found: Open sand with small marine plants
    Location: North shore East Timor
    Presumably nocturnal

    They were out in the open......

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    ...but when the light got too close they got spooked and would turn whitish mother of pearl colors .......

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    ....and then start diging themselves into the sand.....

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    ...until only their eyes were showing.

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  2. Scubaroo

    Scubaroo Great White

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    They look like squid I saw photos of taken in Botany Bay, NSW. I will try and dig up a reference.
     
  3. archman

    archman Marine Scientist

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    They look like cuttlefish, and have the same behavior.

    That's all I got.
     
  4. Kim

    Kim Here for my friends..... ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Babies?
     
  5. calypsonick

    calypsonick Instructor, Scuba

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    Kim, I thought they were young ones too but another diver here says he has seen a couple that size demonstrate coupling behavior.
     
  6. Vie

    Vie Divemaster Candidate

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    They look like some kind of Bottletail squid┬Śmaybe Sepiadarium kochi?
     
  7. Mike Veitch

    Mike Veitch Dive Charter

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  8. archman

    archman Marine Scientist

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  9. Mike Veitch

    Mike Veitch Dive Charter

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    Heres a couple of example of a Bobtail and second a Cuttlefish hatchling. The bobtail does look remarkably like a cuttlefish i think as well. But my buddy who took the photos is a marine biologist specializing in Indo West Pacific marine life. I really think Calypsonick's first photo truly shows the characteristics of a squid as opposed to a cuttle. But you may be right, i think we need a invert specialist to tell us...

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  10. calypsonick

    calypsonick Instructor, Scuba

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    Thanks Mike! I was thinking Bobtail Squid also but of the four or five pictures I have seen of Bobtails, I have yet to see one with the reddish color of the first picture or with tentacles as small and short as these guys. I hope we get more posts directing us to more pictures.
     

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