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Longnose hawkfish

Longnose hawkfish

Regal angelfish

Regal angelfish

Palette surgeonfish

Palette surgeonfish

Gilded triggerfish

Gilded triggerfish

Threadfin cardialfish

Threadfin cardialfish

Jeweled rockskipper blenny

Jeweled rockskipper blenny

Gilded triggerfish

Gilded triggerfish

Clown anemonefish

Clown anemonefish

Pharaoh cuttlefish

Pharaoh cuttlefish

Facts

LatinSepia pharaonis
Size42 cm
FoodFish and crabs
HabitatSandy and mud bottom
IUCN

Data deficient

LocationThe Indian Ocean and western Pacific
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Quick change of colour

Pharaoh cuttlefish are experts in changing colour. The cuttlefish use, not sound, but colours, when they wish to impress one another. They can also quickly change colour to resemble their surroundings, if an enemy comes close.

Skin filled with colours

In the skin of the pharaoh cuttlefish there are cells with various colours of pigments. By contracting the muscles in the cells, the cuttlefish can change colour in a split second. Accordingly, the cuttlefish can create a colourful, pulsating pattern.

Successful breeding

In the autumn we received two cuttlefish from Kenya without knowing what gender they were. Luckily one was a male and one a female. They are presently in our facility behind the exhibition, and the female is laying lots of eggs.

From egg to young

The aquarium behind the exhibition is teeming with newly hatched cuttlefish. The little cuttlefish are merrily trying out hunting methods and colour changes. They are already experts at resembling their surroundings and are virtually invisible.


The small mouths

The pier

Coral reef

Fish nursery

Under construction