Small Black and Yellow cephalopods off the US East coast?

cephjedi

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Hi Gang,

We have hatchling S. bandensis, and been sourcing Paleo feeders through NE Brine Shrimp. By the time these cuttles are grown, I think I will ahve put these folks' kids through college. Anyway, while chatting with the sales manager at NorthEast Brine Shrimp, I mentioned there are no cuttlefish native to the Americas. He disagreed and claimed to have caught some "black and yellow cuttlefish" off the coast of South Carolina when he was a kid. He described them as no larger than a business card, and about as wide as they are long. He also described their eyes as distinctly not squidlike, which certainly sounds cuttle-y.

Any idea what he may have encountered? It sounds like a type of sepiolid to me, but I dont know of any that are black and yellow.

I'm hoping he'll dig up a photo soon.

Cheers, Jim
 

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Hey Jim! Immediately thought of the flamboyant cuttlefish, but not off US East Coast!

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cephjedi

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Heeey Tony!
Boy, no kidding! But Somehow, I just don’t think that’s it.
This guy isnt a ceph expert, but he’s a marine bio, and he’s actually a big fan cuttles, especially Michelle pfefferi (which is how I visualize flambo’s name whenever I see it. ).
His report seems credible, not like the Caribbean divers I used to give lectures to, who insisted Caribbean reef squid were cuttlefish because of the continuous fin.

I just can’t think of another ceph that wears a paint job like a bumblebee. Especially off the east coast!
 
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