Common cuttlefish Sepia officinalis, copyright Diego Delso.

Belongs within: Neocoleoidea.

The Sepiida are a group of broad-bodied, often benthic cephalopods with the tentacles retractile into large pockets on the head. Sepiidae, cuttlefishes, have a well-developed, straight and laminate internal shell whereas the shell is absent in Sepiadariidae, bottletail squids.

| i. s.: CeratisepiaYVD98
|--Belosepia [Belosaepiidae]YVD98
| |--Sepioloidea d’Orbigny 1839P61
| | |--*S. lineolata (Quoy & Gaimard 1832)P61, MG-H11 [=Sepiola lineolataP61]
| | `--S. pacifica (Kirk 1882)P61
| `--Sepiadarium Steenstrup 1881BRW98
| |--*S. kochi Steenstrup 1881BRW98
| |--S. auritum Robson 1914BRW98
| |--S. austrinum Berry 1921BRW98
| `--S. gracilis Voss 1962V62
|--Archaeosepia naefi Szörenyi 1933D93
|--Metasepia pfefferiBRW98
| |--S. inermisBRW98
| |--S. japonicaBRW98
| `--S. weberiBRW98
`--Sepia Linnaeus 1758L58
| i. s.: S. andreanaBRW98
| S. baxteriBRW98
| S. bilineata Quoy & Gaimard 1832BRW98
| S. braggiBRW98
| S. brevimanaBRW98
| S. chirotrema Berry 1918MG-H11
| S. cottoni Adam 1979MG-H11
| S. cultrata Hoyle 1885MG-H11
| S. dannevigiBRW98
| S. elegansGW02
| S. ellipticaBRW98
| S. esculenta Hoyle 1886H09
| S. hedleyiBRW98
| S. hierreddaBRW98
| S. irvingiBRW98
| S. latimanus Quoy & Gaimard 1832BW09
| S. lorigeraBRW98
| S. madokaiBRW98
| S. media Linnaeus 1758L58
| S. mestusBRW98
| S. minima Lesueur 1821 (n. d.)BRW98
| S. miraBRW98
| S. novaehollandiaeBRW98
| S. octopodia Linnaeus 1758L58
| S. opipara (Iredale 1926)MG-H11
| S. orbignyanaBRW98
| S. papuensisBRW98
| S. pfefferi Hoyle 1885H09
| S. pharaonis Ehrenberg 1831BW09
| S. prionota Voss 1962V62
| S. reesiBRW98
| S. rexBRW98
| S. rhoda (Iredale 1954)MG-H11
| S. rozellaBRW98
| S. smithiiBRW98 [=Sepia (Onychoteuthis) smithiiG20]
| S. tuberculata Lamarck 1798L98
| S. varietas Lesueur 1821 (n. d.)BRW98
| S. vercoiBRW98
| S. whitleyanaBRW98
|--S. (Sepia) officinalis Linnaeus 1758G20, L58
|--S. (Amplisepia Iredale 1926)P61
| `--S. (*A.) apama Gray 1849P61
`--S. (Solitosepia Iredale 1926)P61
|--S. (*S.) lilianaP61
`--S. (S.) plangon Gray 1849P61

Nomina nuda: Sepia boscii Lesueur 1821BRW98
Sepia peronii Lesueur 1821BRW98

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BRW98] Beesley, P. L., G. J. B. Ross & A. Wells (eds) 1998. Fauna of Australia vol. 5. Mollusca: The Southern Synthesis. Part A. Australian Biological Resources Study: Canberra.

[BW09] Bryce, C., & C. Whisson. 2009. The macromolluscs of Mermaid (Rowley Shoals), Scott and Seringapatam Reefs, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 77: 177–208.

[D93] Doyle, P. 1993. Mollusca: Cephalopoda (Coleoidea). In: Benton, M. J. (ed.) The Fossil Record 2 pp. 229–236. Chapman & Hall: London.

[GW02] Giribet, G., & W. Wheeler. 2002. On bivalve phylogeny: a high-level analysis of the Bivalvia (Mollusca) based on combined morphology and DNA sequence data. Invertebrate Biology 121 (4): 271–324.

[G20] Goldfuss, G. A. 1820. Handbuch der Naturgeschichte vol. 3. Handbuch der Zoologie pt 1. Johann Leonhard Schrag: Nürnberg.

[H09] Hedley, C. 1909. The Marine Fauna of Queensland: Address by the President of Section D. Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science: Brisbane.

[L98] Lamarck, C. 1798. Extrait d’un mémoire sur le genre de la sèche, du calmar et du poulpe, vulgairement nommés, polypes de mer. Bulletin des Sciences, par la Societé Philomathique de Paris 1 (17): 129–131.

[L58] Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentii Salvii: Holmiae.

[MG-H11] McEnnulty, F. R., K. L. Gowlett-Holmes, A. Williams, F. Althaus, J. Fromont, G. C. B. Poore, T. D. O’Hara, L. Marsh, P. Kott, S. Slack-Smith, P. Alderslade & M. V. Kitahara. 2011. The deepwater megabenthic invertebrates on the western continental margin of Australia (100–1100 m depths): composition, distribution and novelty. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement 80: 1–191.

[P61] Powell, A. W. B. 1961. Shells of New Zealand: An illustrated handbook 4th ed. Whitcombe and Tombs Limited: Christchurch.

[V62] Voss, G. L. 1962. Six new species and two new subspecies of cephalopods from the Philippine Islands. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 75: 169–176.

[YVD98] Young, R. E., M. Vecchione & D. T. Donovan. 1998. The evolution of coleoid cephalopods and their present biodiversity and ecology. South African Journal of Marine Science 20: 393–420.

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