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Flambuoyant Cuttlefish

Metasepia pfefferi


Flambuoyant Cuttlefish are one of the most colorful of the cuttle fish family. They are small in size, adult is around 8-10 cm in size, with the Females much bigger than the Males. The Flambuoyant Cuttlefish is the only known specie in the family to 'walk' on the sea bottom although they can 'float' for short distance. They are master of camouflage, especially when at rest, keeping to mostly brown/grey/white colors to blend with the surroundings. When moving and hunting, they flash their flambuoyant colors - yellow/pink/purple/brown/grey/black. The muscle tissues of this cuttle fish are highly toxic and its toxin is nearly as lethal as the Blue-Ringed Octopus.


Shallow tropical waters among sandy and coral rubbles.


The location map shows it is in Indonesia, but Mabul Island is in Malaysia

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AlbertKang 7 years ago

Yes, @Marta, they are a beauty and their ability to change and flash colors is so amazing, could watch them for the whole dive :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

I love flamboyants!

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