Striped Pyjama Squid - Creature Feature

Creature Feature – Striped Pyjama Squid

It’s Cephalopod Week! Each June, we celebrate all things Molluscan, i.e. Octopus, Squid, and Cuttlefish. So, in honour of this special week, today’s featured creature is the Striped Pyjama Squid. This cute cephalopod is actually a cuttlefish, not a squid. Cuttlefish are versatile animals that can often change its appearance and have an internal shell, eight arms and two feeding tentacles. 

Striped Pyjama Squid - Creature Feature


Scientific Name: Sepioloidea lineolata  

Phylum: Mollusca

Order: Sepiida

Family: Sepiadariidae

Genus: Sepiodloidea

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Striped Pyjama Squid Fact File

? Size: Individuals are small, reaching up to 7 cm long

? Distribution: They are found in the southern Indo-Pacific waters of Australia

? Diet: Their diet primarily includes small shrimp and fish

? Behaviour: Similar to other small cephalopod species, this species is an underwater master of camouflage as they can change colours. In addition, they also have glands underneath their body that can secrete a toxic slime whenever the squid is being attacked by a predator 

? IUCN Status: Data Deficient. Of all the Cephalopod species, one is Critically Endangered, two Endangered, two Vulnerable and one Near Threatened. However, Cephalopod species are significantly affected by deep-water trawling so further research is needed to fully understand the status of the this species and it’s future in our oceans