Broadclub Cuttlefish (species: Sepia latimanus) in taxonomy (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Sepia latimanus
Broadclub Cuttlefish

©Marianne Dwyer: Sepia latimanus at Clam Garden, Lizard Island.

©Lyle Vail: Sepia latimanus at Dynamite passage (on Reef 14-140) near Lizard Island.

©Lyle Vail: Sepia latimanus at Dynamite Passage (on Reef 14-140) near Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Mollusca
Class Cephalopoda
Order Sepiida
Family Sepiidae
Genus Sepia
Species Sepia latimanus



Distinguishing features

This is the common large cuttlefish around Lizard Island. It is capable of changing colour rapidly, with a wide range of patterns that often includes a transverse pale band on dorsal mantle.


  • Size data has not been obtained.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Norman, M. (2000). Cephalopods: A world guide ConchBooks, Hackenheim, Germany.
  • Reid, A. (2016). Cephalopods of Australia and Sub-Antarctic Territories CSIRO, Clayton, Vic., Australia.

Other references

  • Garcia, M., C. Edmiston, R. Marinov, A. Vail and V. Gruev (2017). Bio-inspired color-polarization imager for real-time in situ imaging. Optica, 4(10): 1263-1271. LIRS catalog number 2102.
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