Caught and Coloured: Zoology Illustrations from Colonial Victoria




Australian Giant Cuttlefish, Sepia apama

Image Details
  • Plate Number: 189
  • Media: Drawing - Pencil and ink on paper
  • Artist: John James Wild
  • Lithographer: John James Wild
  • Primary inscriptions: [obverse] Plate 190 / Cuttlefish 30/10/88 [reverse] Plate 189? / Cuttlefish 1/2 nat size 31/10/88
  • Secondary inscriptions: [dimensions on both sides]
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.