Sepia stellifera 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Cephalopoda Sepioloida Sepiidae

Scientific Name: Sepia stellifera Homenko & Khromov, 1984
Common Name(s):
English Starry Cuttlefish
French Seiche étoilée
Spanish Sepia estrellada
Taxonomic Notes: Misidentifications with Sepia brevimana Steenstrup, 1875 (Reid et al. 2005).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2009-03-18
Assessor(s): Barratt, I. & Allcock, L.
Reviewer(s): Reid, A., Rogers, Alex & Bohm, M.
Contributor(s): Herdson, R. & Duncan, C.
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.

Geographic Range [top]

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).
Countries occurrence:
Bangladesh; Cambodia; India (Andaman Is., Dadra-Nagar-Haveli, Daman, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Nicobar Is., Orissa, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal); Indonesia (Sumatera); Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia); Myanmar (Myanmar (mainland)); Sri Lanka; Thailand; Viet Nam
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – western; Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – western central
Additional data:
Lower depth limit (metres):200
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Population [top]

Population:The population size of this species is unknown.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

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

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: This species is fished commercially around India (Reid et al. 2005) and may be taken as bycatch in other parts of its range.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): 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).

Conservation Actions [top]

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.

Citation: Barratt, I. & Allcock, L. 2012. Sepia stellifera. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T162584A922185. . Downloaded on 24 April 2018.
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