Cephalopoda - Pacific Bobtail squid
- Bobtail squid are closely related to cuttlefish, but tend to have a rounder mantle and have no cuttlebone. They have eight suckered arms and two tentacles and are generally quite small (typical male mantle length being between 1 and 8 cm). They have kidney shaped fins and lack light emitting organs. Most i have had have been a spotted pattern.
During the day, bobtail squids lie buried in the sand, waiting for night when they will leave the bottom and hunt plankton in mid-water. Can be eaten by larger or aggressive fish
- Scientific Name: Sepioloidea pacifica
- Habitat: Found around N.Z. in shallow coastal waters , Young caught early summer around weedy rocks and wharves
- Temperament: Predator
- Tank Age/Maturity: 400 litres preferably larger at least 3 months old.
- Diet: Live foods, Mysid, small crustaceans and fish
- Special Requirements: Need room to swim, and a lidded tank, they are good jumpers. Sandy base so they can hide to feel safe