Overview

Distribution

Range Description

This species has a geographic distribution that ranges from western India to Thailand and the Malaysian Peninsula (Reid et al. 2005). Its distribution includes the Bay of Bengal, Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand and South China Sea (Reid et al. 2005).
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat and Ecology

Habitat and Ecology
This species has a wide geographic distribution and occurs down to 200 m in depth (Reid et al. 2005).

Systems
  • Marine
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shelf
  • UNESCO-IOC Register of Marine Organisms
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Dispersal

Depth range

0 to 200 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
DD
Data Deficient

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
Sepia stellifera has been assessed as Data Deficient. Although it has a very wide geographic distribution, it is fished commercially in India, and may be taken in other parts of its range, for example the East China Sea, at least as bycatch. Data on catch intensity are required to assess the potential impacts on this species.
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Population

Population
The population size of this species is unknown.

Population Trend
Unknown
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Threats

Major Threats
Ocean acidification caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is potentially a threat to all cuttlefish. Studies have shown that under high pCO2 concentrations, cuttlefishes actually lay down a denser cuttlebone which is likely to negatively affect buoyancy regulation (Gutowska et al. 2010). This species is commercially fished around India (Reid et al. 2005).
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Management

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
No conservation measures are currently needed for this species and none are in place. Further research is recommended regarding the population trends, distribution, life history traits and threats impacting this species.
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Wikipedia

Sepia stellifera

Sepia stellifera is a species of cuttlefish native to the Indian Ocean. The mantle length of males is 140 mm, and 150mm in females. It lives at depths of 34 to 95 m.

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