Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Mollusca Cephalopoda Sepioloida Sepiidae

Scientific Name: Sepia filibrachia
Species Authority: Reid & Lu, 2005

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2009-03-28
Assessor(s): Barratt, I. & Allcock, L.
Reviewer(s): Reid, A., Rogers, Alex & Bohm, M.
Contributor(s): Herdson, R. & Duncan, C.
Sepia filibrachia has been assessed as Least Concern as fishing at current levels is not believed to impact the species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from Taiwan, from Hainan Island in the South China Sea and from the Gulf of Tonkin, Viet Nam. It occurs in depths from 34 to 95 m (Reid et al. 2005).
Countries occurrence:
China; Taiwan, Province of China; Viet Nam
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Pacific – northwest; Pacific – western central
Lower depth limit (metres): 95
Upper depth limit (metres): 34
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Population [top]

Population: The population size of this species is unknown.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Males grow up to 62 mm, females up to 70 mm mantle length (Reid et al. 2005).
Systems: Marine

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The species is marketed in Taiwan, Province of China. No information is currently available as to the fishing intensity.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Fishing pressure is a potential threat to this species but it is not currently of concern (A. Reid, pers. comm.). 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).

Conservation Actions [top]

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

Citation: Barratt, I. & Allcock, L. 2012. Sepia filibrachia. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T189736A1935172. . Downloaded on 04 October 2015.
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