Reaper Cuttlefish – Sepia mestus

The Reaper Cuttlefish, is a small species of cuttlefish with deep red coloration native to the southwestern Pacific Ocean, observed from Escape Reef off Queensland to Jervis Bay just south of Sydney. I have usually seen these cuttlefish in pairs and many times I will bump into them as I’m combing the sediment looking for pipefish.

There is another species of cuttlefish, the Mourning Cuttlefish, Sepia plangon, which looks very similar and is also found in NSW.