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common name applied to cephalopod mollusks that have 10 tentacles, or arms, 8 of which have muscular suction cups on their inner surface and 2 that are longer and can shoot out for grasping prey, and a reduced internal shell enbedded in the enveloping mantle. The body is short, broad, and flattened. Cuttlefish are carnivorous and excellent at capturing prey with their arms.

Although good swimmers, they are not as fast as the related squidssquid,
carnivorous marine cephalopod mollusk. The squid is one of the most highly developed invertebrates, well adapted to its active, predatory life. The characteristic molluscan shell is reduced to a horny plate shaped like a quill pen and buried under the mantle.
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, but like the squids cuttlefish have lateral fins used as stabilizers and for steering and propulsion. They swim by jet propulsion, forcibly expelling water through a siphon. During the day they lie hidden at the bottom of the ocean; at night they swim and hunt for food.

Except for the squid genus Loligo, cuttlefish have the best cephalopod eyes, which are highly complex. When disturbed, cuttlefish eject a cloud of dark brown ink from an ink sac for protection. The ink gland and ink sac are specializations of the rectal gland. The ink is composed mostly of melanin and has been used as the artist's pigment, sepia. All cuttlefish are dioecious, i.e., the sexes are separate.

The common, or common European, cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis, possesses an internal shell composed of lime, which is popularly called cuttlebone. Within the narrow spaces between the thin septa of the shell are fluid and gas (mostly nitrogen), which give the organism buoyancy. These cuttlefish are found in the Mediterranean and E Atlantic. The cuttlebone is used for pet birds as a source of lime salts. Sepia are able to undergo a complex of color changes ranging from pink to brown with varying stripes and spots, which they display when they are signaling or are disturbed; they also can change color and texture to camouflage themselves. The eggs, deposited singly and attached by a stalk to objects on the ocean bottom, are extremely large, up to .6 in. (15 mm) in diameter. Cuttlefish are classified in the phylum MolluscaMollusca
, taxonomic name for the one of the largest phyla of invertebrate animals (Arthropoda is the largest) comprising more than 50,000 living mollusk species and about 35,000 fossil species dating back to the Cambrian period.
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, class Cephalopoda, order Sepiida.


(invertebrate zoology)
An Old World decapod mollusk of the genus Sepia; shells are used to manufacture dentifrices and cosmetics.


any cephalopod mollusc of the genus Sepia and related genera, which occur near the bottom of inshore waters and have a broad flattened body: order Decapoda (decapods)
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Old Salt makes around pounds 35 and the small Captain Cuttle pounds 65.
His victories included a war-time substitute St Leger, and Hurry On later sired Darling's first Derby winner, Captain Cuttle.
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10 Hurry On (1913) Fred Darling trained a record number of champions and Derby winners, including Captain Cuttle, Coronach, Cameronian, Bois Roussel, Owen Tudor, Sun Chariot and Big Game, but he habitually described Hurry On, unbeaten victor of a wartime substitute St Leger in 1916, as the best horse he had ever trained.
THE first Christmas Fancy Dress Carp Match held at Cuttle Mill Fishery ended up with plenty of bites - but not from the fish.
Another aspect of the local watery scene were the mills, and in Victorian times the remains of the Cuttle Mill, its mill race and sluice, could still be seen near the bridge in Avenue Road (the Attleborough side of Avenue Road was known as Cuttle Lane in the last century).
94 Captain Cuttle (1919) was third in the 2,000 Guineas and won the Derby (by four lengths) and St James's Palace Stakes.
After negotiations which were described by the ACA as 'terse', insurers have paid out pounds 3,500 to compensate Cuttle Mill Fishery for the damage they suffered following pollution with milk over the Christmas period in 2006.
It stretched out into the coal mining district towards Stockingford at Heath End, along the Coventry Road, and towards Attleborough where it joined the hamlet at the Cuttle Mill on the Wem Brook.
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