Newly hatched Flamboyant Cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi)
© Ivan Choong
Copulation in this species occurs face-to-face, with the male inserting a packet of sperm into a pouch on the underside of the female’s mantle. The female then fertilises her eggs with the sperm. The eggs are laid singly and placed by the female in crevices or ledges in coral, rock, or wood.
Freshly laid eggs are white, but slowly turn translucent with time, making the developing cuttlefish clearly visible. From birth, juvenile M. pfefferi are capable of the same camouflage patterns as adults.