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Flamboyant cuttlefish

Metasepia pfefferi


A very colorful cuttlefish that can grow up to 8 cm. Is poisonous, the toxin to be as lethal as that of fellow cephalopod the Blue-ringed octopus.


Is a species of cuttlefish occurring in tropical Indo-Pacific waters off northern Australia, southern New Guinea, as well as numerous islands of the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. Found in sand and mud substrate in shallow waters at depths of 3 to 86 m.

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The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

Yes Elsa, I wonder who comes out with many of these odd but suitable names for animals !

Elsa 11 years ago

Very cool!! Name is highly suitable.

The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

Thanks for the nice comments!

Cammie C. Jeffries
Cammie C. Jeffries 11 years ago


A. Vukušić
A. Vukušić 11 years ago


Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 11 years ago

Nice one Marta

Blogie 11 years ago

Very nice series, Marta!

The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

Thanks for the nice comments! yes, indeed you would need many to have a meal but anyway don´t try :-)

MrsPbio 11 years ago

It is such a tiny little beast -- but gorgeous ! It would take dozens if them to make a mouthful!

kzheng808 11 years ago

Its like the scorpion of the seas...

rutasandinas 11 years ago

bellos colores::

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Another beautiful spotting with interesting information on how they react.

RiekoS 11 years ago

Quite interesting looking.

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 11 years ago


The MnMs
The MnMs 11 years ago

I think is not deadly if you don´t eat it but just in case better not to touch it either. they are much smaller than other cuttlefishes and when they are at rest they mimetize very well by looking greyish in a sandy background. Only when you move your hands or so in front of it it starts displaying the colors. Is indeed a very beautiful little animal!

AnnvanWijgerden 11 years ago

Wow, looks beautiful and deadly at the same time!

The MnMs
Spotted by
The MnMs

Dauin, Central Visayas, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 1, 2012
Submitted on Oct 29, 2012

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