Caught and Coloured: Zoology Illustrations from Colonial Victoria

Australian Giant Cuttlefish, Sepia apama

Image Details
  • Plate Number: 188
  • Media: Lithographic proof - lithographic ink and watercolour on paper
  • Artist: John James Wild
  • Lithographer: John James Wild
Transcript from the Prodromus of Zoology

Plates 188-190. The Large Melbourne Sepia or Cuttle-fish, Sepia apama (now known as the Australian Giant Cuttlefish, Sepia apama)

This is the largest and commonest species of Sepia on our coasts, and its internal dorsal shell or "Cuttle-fish Bone" is abundant on the shores everywhere in the Colony, although it has not been figured before.