Metasepia pfefferi, also called Flamboyant cuttlefish, belongs to the visually striking cephalopods. Like all cuttlefish she has a small thick diamond-shaped cuttlebone which they characterized.
Metasepia pfefferi is found in shallow waters from Indonesia, to Papua New Guinea to the north shore of Australia, South Queensland to Western Australia. They are typically found ambling along (see below) on mud, sand or low energy coral rubble bottoms.
The Flamboyant cuttlefish mate head to head, as to seen in some of the pictures, the smaller animal is always the male. The females lay their eggs on the underside of stones, coral and coconut shells.
These remarkable cephalopods are active during the day. They slowly “walk” across the seafloor using their arms and flaps on their mantle; this type of locomotion has been called “ambling”. Normally camouflaged, the beautiful colors that give this cephalopod its common name are warning colors and are displayed when the animal is disturbed. This color change is to be understood entirely as a warning because scientists discovered that such warning coloration is absolutely not a bluff, the animals are actually toxic.
Because of its beautiful color and interesting behavior aquaristic certainly not uninteresting, but only in a sufficient large species pool, and certainly not for beginners.
Metasepia pfefferi laxior Iredale, 1926
Metasepia pfefferi wanda Iredale, 1954
Sepia (Metasepia) pfefferi Hoyle, 1885