Pinstripe Bottletail Squid

Sepioloidea lineolata

Sepioloidea lineolata - Pinstripe Bottletail Squid
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Size: 5 cm

Distribution: All SA coastal and gulf waters

Habitat: Estuaries and coast on sandy bottoms

Depth: Subtidal to 10+ metres

More closely related to cuttlefish than squid, the Pinstriped Bottletail Squid is a small predator that buries itself in sand during the day, and feeds at night. It is a pale colour, with dark longitudinal stripes comprised of chromatophores, colour-changing cells that it can alter or even flash to confuse predators. This animal, with its unique appearance, is unlikely to be confused with any other species.