Cuttlefish are marine animals. Despite their name, cuttlefish are not fish but molluscs.
Pfeffer’s flamboyant cuttlefishes, Metasepia pfefferi (Hoyle, 1885), are truly amazing animals and well named.
A favourite of underwater photographers and videographers, flamboyant cuttlefishes display stunning changing colours and patterns and actually “walk” along the bottom of the sea (the only one known to do so).
Pfeffer’s flamboyant cuttlefish undergoes incredible colour changes possible due to three types of structures contained within its skin, called chromatophores, leucophores and iridophores, which are small structures filled with coloured ink which can be rapidly expanded and contracted to communicate or are used as camouflage within its habitat.
These structures allow the cuttlefish to rapidly reflect a myriad of colours and change the textures of their skin
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