Lembeh's Flambuoyant Cuttlefish

Flambuoyant Cuttlefish eggs are seen here in the final stages of birth. This is quite a rare opportunity to capture hatching eggs in my camera. Flambuoyant Cuttlefish are very toxic. According to our Australian world expet on Cephalopods, Dr Mark Norman, the toxin is deadly and there is also toxins in the flesh. This means that it is not edible. The toxin is not Teterodotoxin as in Blue Ring Octopus but a completely new toxin, previously unknown to science.

 

 
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You can make out the fully developed baby Flambuoyant Cuttlefish inside the egg.
Baby Flambuoyant cuttlefish pushing out from the egg. It has a tail tooth that is used to puncture a hole in the egg.
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Baby Flambuoyant Cuttlefish emerge from their eggs backwards.

Baby Flambuoyant Cuttlefish emerge from their eggs as fully developed miniatures.This one is only a fwe seconds old. It is a fully formed miniature of the adult.

Adultas grow to about eight cms. This one is well under one cm long.