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New record of kobi cuttle fish, Sepia kobiensis Hoyle, 1885 from the Bay of Bengal, off Karaikal coast of south India

Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute
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  • Cephalopods


On 16th October 2012, kobi cuttle fish, Sepia kobiensis were caught by trawl gears operated along the Karaikal coast ( lat 100 49' 11.01" N; long: 790 43' 79.52"E) of south India at a depth of around 100-200 m . The specimens were identified as Sepia kobiensis Hoyle, 1885 based on the identification characters as described in Jereb and Roper 2005 (Fig. 1 and 2). This species has not been reported earlier and therefore considered as a new record to the inshore waters of Bay of Bengal along Karaikal coast. It is a demersal cuttlefish inhabiting up to 160 m depth and has been found to occur in Mumbai waters along the west coast of India.The occurrence of the species in the fishery along Mumbai coast is highly seasonal

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