Alan Paskett - Sepia apama, Black Point, 3-4m June 2014

Cephalopods of South Australia

According to the Atlas of Living Australia, 26 species of cephalopods have been recorded in South Australia. These include squid, octopus, cuttlefish and nautilus. If you have photographs of any of these species, taken in South Australian waters, please contact us.

Genus Species Common name Described
Argonauta argo Greater argonaut 1758, Linnaeus
Argonauta nodosa Knobby Argonaut 1786, Lightfoot
Euprymna tasmanica Southern dumpling squid 1884, Pfeffer
Grimpella thaumastocheir Velvet octopus 1928, Robson
Hapalochlaena lunulata Greater blue-ringed octopus 1832, Quoy & Gaimard
Hapalochlaena maculosa Lesser blue-ringed octopus 1883, Hoyle
Idiosepius notoides Southern pygmy squid 1921, Berry
Nototodarus gouldi Red arrow squid 1888, McCoy
Octopus australis Hammer octopus 1885, Hoyle
Octopus berrima Southern keeled octopus 1993, Stranks & Norman
Octopus bunurong Southern white-spot octopus 1990, Stranks
Octopus kaurna Southern sand octopus 1990, Stranks
Octopus maorum Maori octopus 1880, Hutton
Octopus pallidus Pale octopus 1885, Hoyle
Octopus superciliosis Frilled pygmy octopus 1832, Quoy & Gaimard
Opisthoteuthis persephone 1918, Berry
Sepia apama Giant Australian Cuttlefish 1849, Gray
Sepia braggi Slender cuttlefish 1907, Verco
Sepia chirotrema 1918, Berry
Sepia cultrata Knifebone cuttlefish or Elongated cuttlefish 1885, Hoyle
Sepia hedleyi Hedley’s cuttlefish 1918, Berry
Sepia novaehollandiae New Holland cuttlefish 1909, Hoyle
Sepiadarium austrinum Southern bottletail squid 1921, Berry
Sepiadarium kochii Koch’s bottletail squid 1881, Steenstrup
Sepioloidea lineolata Striped pyjama squid 1832, Quoy & Gaimard
Sepioteuthis australis Southern calamari squid 1832, Quoy & Gaimard

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