|Basic Camouflage Patterns in Cuttlefish|
Sepia officinalis displaying a mottled pattern. Image courtesy Dr. Osorio (Shohet et al., 2007)
Disruptive: this patterning is used when there are distinct objects in the background (the background isn't relatively uniform). When using disruptive camouflage, cuttlefish display irregular patches of different shape, size, orientation, contrast, and color on their bodies. This patterning was used by cuttlefish in the lab when they were placed on backgrounds with big light and dark checkerboard squares (Barbosa et al., 2008; Shohet et al., 2007).
Cuttlefish displaying disruptive patterning. Image courtesy of Dr. Mäthger. (Mäthger et al., 2006)
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