Category of Organisms Marine Molluscs
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum/Division Mollusca
Class Cephalopoda
Order Teuthida
Family Loliginidae
Genus Sepioteuthis
Species lessoniana
Binomial Name
Sepioteuthis lessoniana
Author Ferussac, 1831
Common Name Oval squid
Local Name  
Size Range
Body to 36cm
This large muscular squid occurs in shallow waters (to 100 m), typically on coral reefs and seagrass meadows.
Endemic No
Found in Marine Park No
Found in Malaysia Yes
It is mainly active at night. The fins are slightly pear-shaped, the widest point being closer to the rear end of the body. This squid forms schools of similar-sized animals, possibly due to regular cannibalism between size classes. Elaborate occur during breeding. Females lay jelly-like egg string on hard objects in shallow waters. Variations in the number of eggs per string and colour patterns between animals in different region suggest they may be more than one species being treated under this name.
Status in IUCN Red List Unknown
Status in CITES Species Database Unknown
CEPHALOPODS A WORLDS GUIDE by Mark Norman, published by Die Deutsche Bibliothek. 2003 Page:145

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