Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species occurs off southern Norway southwards through the north eastern Atlantic and the western Mediterranean Sea (Reid and Jereb 2005).
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Ecology

Habitat

Outer shelf and upper bathyal
  • Jereb, P.; Roper, C.F.E. (Eds)(2005). An annotated an illustrated catalogue of cephalopod species known to date. Volume 1: Chambered nautilusses and sepioids (Nautilidae, Sepiidae, Sepiolidae, Sepiadariidae, Idiosepiidae and Spirulidae). FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes 4(1). FAO, Rome. 262p., 9 colour plates.
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demersal, shelf to slope
  • UNESCO-IOC Register of Marine Organisms
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Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This small, rare species is found at fairly deep depths (200 to 400 m) and both sexes attain a similar body size (up to 20 mm in mantle length) (Reid and Jereb 2005). Members of the subfamily Sepiolinae are bottom living species that typically bury in soft sediments during the day, and emerge at night to feed (Norman 2003).

Systems
  • Marine
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Dispersal

Depth range

200 to 400 m.
  • Jereb, P.; Roper, C.F.E. (Eds)(2005). An annotated an illustrated catalogue of cephalopod species known to date. Volume 1: Chambered nautilusses and sepioids (Nautilidae, Sepiidae, Sepiolidae, Sepiadariidae, Idiosepiidae and Spirulidae). FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes 4(1). FAO, Rome. 262p., 9 colour plates.
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Conservation

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List Assessment


Red List Category
LC
Least Concern

Red List Criteria

Version
3.1

Year Assessed
2012

Assessor/s
Barratt, I. & Allcock, L.

Reviewer/s
Reid, A., Rogers, Alex & Bohm, M.

Contributor/s
Herdson, R. & Duncan, C.

Justification
Sepiola aurantiaca has been assessed as Least Concern as it has a very wide geographic distribution and is not known to be of interest to fisheries.
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Population

Population
The population size of this species is unknown.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
The threats to this species are unknown.
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
There are no conservation measures in place, but currently there is no evidence that specific conservation measures are required. Further research is recommended regarding the population trends, distribution, life history traits and threats impacting this species.
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Wikipedia

Sepiola aurantiaca

Sepiola aurantiaca, also known as the Golden Bobtail, is a rare species of bobtail squid native to the northeastern Atlantic Ocean. It ranges from southern Norway to the western Mediterranean Sea. S. aurantiaca occurs on the outer continental shelf and in the upper bathyal zone. The depth range of this species is possibly from 200 to 400 m.[2]

Both sexes of S. aurantiaca grow to 20 mm in mantle length.[2]

The type specimen was collected in the Tyrrhenian Sea and is deposited at the Stazione Zoologica di Napoli in Naples.[3]

References

  1. ^ Jaeckel, S.G.A. 1958. "Cephalopoden Die Tierwelt der Nord- und Ostsee". Lief., 37, Teil 9 bz, Akademische Verlag.
  2. ^ a b Reid, A. & P. Jereb 2005. Family Sepiolidae. In: P. Jereb & C.F.E. Roper, eds. Cephalopods of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of species known to date. Volume 1. Chambered nautiluses and sepioids (Nautilidae, Sepiidae, Sepiolidae, Sepiadariidae, Idiosepiidae and Spirulidae). FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes. No. 4, Vol. 1. Rome, FAO. pp. 153–203.
  3. ^ Current Classification of Recent Cephalopoda
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