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Eric's market adventure(s)

Oct 7, 2004
Eric's market Adventure(s) is a thread which will be used to identify cephs, fish and other cute fishy animals that shoe up in HK's wet markets:

I need identifications on 2 bob tail squids!
Oh and I released a octo near the harbor while a rather mean looking fishing boat was about to dock...they had nets ready to get my octo so that they can use it as bait for catching large groupers. Fortunatly, the octo went into the water quicker than I expected and sprayed the evil fisherman with ink as a final farewell...
Pics beloew are the same squid and will be refered to be as Squid 1.


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Oct 7, 2004
Q:I have heard that live squid is very hard to keep, but I see them on the Atoll Reef Aquarium display, would you be so kind to tell me do you change a new batch or you have a secret way of keeping them?

A:biggrin2:ear Eric,

Thank you for your email and interest in our aquarium animals.

Our sources of the squid on display including :-
1) Captive breeding
2) Buying squid from local fisherman
3) Collecting from the field

The so-called secret is right food and suitable environment --- Live Mysis anddarkened environment of the holding tank in order to prevent the new born from colliding with the surrounding.

Q:I would also like to know how long the squid would survive in the water tank. Also, which species do you display, or do you display random species you could find? Do the squid feed on live Mysis all their lives or do they change their diet as they grow up?

A:Life span varies amongst different species. With Sepiotenthis lessoniana which we keep, breed and display in exhibit, life span is around a year or less in captivity. Apart from Mysis, we vary their diets and feed different kinds of shrimps and fishes according to their needs as they grow.
Hope the above information helps.

The above is from another thread about Sepiotenthis lessoniana .


TONMO Supporter
Nov 19, 2002
Hi Chrono,

I've had a look at Mark Norman's 'Cephalopods of the World' guide which states that many of the Bobtail Squids (Sepiolidae) are only identifiable by specific arm and sucker modifications in the males, females being even harder to identify. I don't think your pictures, great as they are, are detailed enough in such diagnostic features for anyone to attain a positive ID. There are 15 genera and over 50 species of Bobtail to plough through to find them.

I'd guess that that your squids are possibly some species of Euprymna, but are NOT Heteroteuthis or Rossia as both of those have heads that are not fused to the mantle, unlike your specimens.

We really need Steve for this one!


Steve O'Shea

TONMO Supporter
Nov 19, 2002
I wonder where he is?

Eric, have you got access to any formalin and baking soda?

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