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A Real-Time PCR Method for the Authentication of Common Cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) in Food Products

Amaya Velasco
Graciela Ramilo-Fernández
Carmen G. Sotelo
Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas (IIM-CSIC), Eduardo Cabello 6, 36208 Vigo (Pontevedra), Spain
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Foods 2020, 9(3), 286;
Submission received: 6 February 2020 / Revised: 27 February 2020 / Accepted: 28 February 2020 / Published: 4 March 2020


Cephalopods are very relevant food resources. The common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) is highly appreciated by consumers and there is a lack of rapid methods for its authentication in food products. We introduce a new minor groove binding (MGB) TaqMan real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) method for the authentication of S. officinalis in food products to amplify a 122 base pairs (bp) fragment of the mitochondrial COI (Cytochrome Oxidase I) region. Reference and commercial samples of S. officinalis showed a threshold cycle (Ct) mean of 14.40, while the rest of the species examined did not amplify, or showed a significantly different Ct (p < 0.001). The calculated efficiency of the system was 101%, and the minimum DNA quantity detected was 10−4 ng. No cross-reactivity was detected with any other species, thus, the designed method differentiates S. officinalis from other species of the genus Sepia and other cephalopod species and works for fresh, frozen, grilled, cooked and canned samples of Sepia spp. The method has proved to be reliable and rapid, and it may prove to be a useful tool for the control of fraud in cuttlefish products.

Graphical Abstract

1. Introduction

Cephalopods are a very diverse group of mollusks and include 28 families and more than 600 species, many of which are commercially important. As a sign of their relevance, captures of cephalopods in 2017 reached 3,772,565 t, with an estimated value of almost 8000 million dollars [1].
The common cuttlefish (S. officinalis) is highly appreciated by consumers around the world, and it is traded with different presentations particularly in Japan, the Republic of Korea, Italy and Spain. In the last decade, the world catches attributed to this species have registered numbers between 20,000 and 30,000 tons every year [2]. It is the species of cuttlefish with the highest commercial value.
European regulations regarding the labeling of fishery products [3,4] establish that these products must show the information about the species, with the commercial and/or scientific name depending on the type of product. Illicit substitution of one species for another may constitute economic fraud and/or misbranding violations. Furthermore, species substitution may cause potential food safety hazards to be overlooked by processors or end-users [5]. Species substitution is relatively frequent in seafood products [6], and particularly in products containing cephalopods, where several cases of species substitution have been reported [7,8].
Species belonging to the genus Sepia can look very similar to a non-trained consumer, especially when they are processed for the market (e.g., peeled, canned), making the visual differentiation almost impossible and increasing the possibilities of fraud. Thus, the reported cases of mislabeling in products containing Sepia spp. have usually been substitutions between species belonging to the same genus [9,10]. These cases can be attributed to economic fraud (e.g., substitutions between species with different commercial value) or unintentional substitutions, which can be due to similar geographic distribution of species (e.g., S. officinalis/S. orbignyanya/S. elegans) and/or similar morphological characteristics (e.g., juveniles of S. officinalis/S. elegans) which can lead to misidentification at any level of the value chain (fisheries, processors and consumers). In order to control these substitutions, a variety of genetic methods have been published for the identification of several cephalopod species. The majority of these are labor-intensive and time-consuming, such as forensically informative nucleotide sequencing (FINS), barcoding [10,11,12,13,14] and RFLP [8,15]. Some rapid DNA-based methods have also been published for the authentication of some cephalopod species [7,16,17,18], but to date, there is not any rapid technique available for the genetic identification of S. officinalis.
This work presents a rapid and reliable method for the authentication of S. officinalis in different food matrices, including processed products. Therefore, it can be a useful tool for control authorities at different levels of the value chain.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Sampling and DNA Extraction

In this work, 14 samples of S. officinalis from different locations of Spanish and Portuguese waters were used as a reference. Also, 29 individuals from 20 other cephalopod species of 11 genera from the Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas (IIM-CSIC) own tissue collection were included for the specificity assay (Table 1). All reference individuals had a known origin and were identified visually prior to the FINS identification. Additionally, 16 commercial samples were collected from supermarkets and restaurants in Galicia region (Spain) for the application to commercial products (Table 2). All tissue samples were stored at −20 °C until analysis.
A portion of 0.3 g of muscle tissue from each sample was digested at 56 °C in a thermo shaker with 860 µL of lysis buffer (1% Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS), 150 mM NaCl, 2 mM Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) and 10 mM Tris-HCl at pH 8), 100 µL of guanidinium thiocyanate 5 M and 40 µL of proteinase K (20 mg/mL). After 3 h, 40 µL of extra proteinase K was added and left overnight. DNA was isolated with the Wizard DNA Clean-up System kit (Promega, Madison, WI, USA) following the manufacturer’s protocol. Double-stranded DNA obtained was quantified with Qubit dsDNA BR Assay Kit (Life Technologies, Carlsbad, CA, USA) and Qubit 3.0 fluorometer (Invitrogen, Carlsbad, CA, USA). Purified DNA was stored at −20 °C until further analysis.

2.2. FINS Identification of Samples

Reference and commercial samples were authenticated by FINS (forensically informative nucleotide sequencing) in order to test the reliability of the method developed. PCR reactions were carried out in a Verity 96 wells Thermal cycler (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA, USA) with Illustra PuReTaq Ready-To-Go PCR Beads (GE Healthcare, Chicago, IL, USA), 1 µL of each primer (10 µM) and 100 ng of template DNA in a final volume of 25 µL. Primers designed by Folmer [19] LCO1490-5′GGTCAACAAATCATAAAGATATTGG3′ and HCO2198-5′TAAACTTCAGGGTGACCAAAAAATCA3′ were used to amplify a 750 base pairs (bp) fragment of the mitochondrial COI region, with the following thermal protocol: a preheating step of 3 min at 95 °C, followed by 35 cycles of 1 min at 95 °C, 1 min at 40 °C and 1.5 min at 72 °C, with a final extension step at 72 °C for 7 min. When amplification of COI fragment failed, the 16SVAR primers described by Chapela [11] 16SVAR-F- 5′CAAATTACGCTGTTATCCCTATGG3′ and 16SVAR-R- 5′GACGAGAAGACCCTAATGAGCTTT3′ were used to amplify a 210 bp fragment of the mitochondrial 16S rDNA, with the thermal protocol as follows: a preheating step of 3 min at 95 °C, followed by 35 cycles of 40 s at 94 °C, 40 s at 50 °C and 40 s at 72 °C, with a final extension step at 72 °C for 7 min. Negative and positive controls were included in all PCR sets.
Primers designed in this study for the minor groove binding (MGB)-TaqMan assay were also used for FINS identification in 3 cases of processed commercial samples of Sepia spp. (cooked and canned), where both COI and 16S sets of primers failed to amplify, with the following thermal protocol: a preheating step of 3 min at 95 °C, followed by 35 cycles of 40 s at 95 °C, 40 s at 40 °C and 40 s at 72 °C with a final extension step at 72 °C for 7 min. PCR amplicons were visualized on a 2% agarose gel, using UV transillumination (BioRad, Hercules, CA, USA).
PCR products were purified with Illustra ExoProStar (GE Healthcare, Chicago, IL, USA) and sequencing reactions were performed with BigDye Terminator 1.1 (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA, USA), following the manufacturer’s instructions. The automatic sequencing was carried out in an ABI PRISM 3130 (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA, USA). After automatic sequencing, F and R files were edited with Chromas and aligned with Bioedit [20] to obtain the complete sequence of the fragment. Bioedit software was also used to align the resulting sequence with reference ones from the NCBI and the IIM-CSIC sequence database, which consists of more than 2000 sequences from fish and mollusks specimens that have been collected during 30 years; most of these specimens were morphologically identified and also genetically authenticated. This alignment was imported with MEGA [21] for phylogenetic analysis. The phylogenetic model used for constructing the neighbor-joining tree was Tamura–Nei, with 1000 bootstrap replicates. The results were also authenticated with BLAST [22]. The multiple alignments and the BLAST tool were also used to check the quality and coverage of the resulting sequences.
The COI sequences obtained for reference and commercial samples of this study were uploaded to Genbank [23] (accession numbers: MN977128 to MN977135, MN977138, MN977143, MN977144, MN977146, MN977147, MN977149, MN977152, MN977154 to MN977156, MN977158, MN977159, MN977161 to MN977171, MN977173 to MN977177, MN977179 to MN977191).

2.3. RT-PCR Design

In order to find a suitable fragment to design a short and specific system, a large number of nuclear and mitochondrial cephalopod sequences from public and IIM-CSIC databases were aligned and analyzed. A fragment of the COI region was suitable for the design of an MGB-Taq-Man Primers and Probe set, complying with the requirements of showing low intraspecific variability and high interspecific variability and allowing the amplification of a short fragment (122 bp, primers included). The sequences of primers (F and R) and Probe (P) are the following (see Figure 1):
Figure 1. Multiple sequence alignment of the mitochondrial COI (Cytochrome Oxidase I) fragment, showing the position of the primers and probe designed.
Figure 1. Multiple sequence alignment of the mitochondrial COI (Cytochrome Oxidase I) fragment, showing the position of the primers and probe designed.
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2.4. Real-Time PCR Conditions and Data Treatment

Concentrations of 50, 300 and 900 nM of each primer and 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175, 200 and 225 nM of the probe were tested in order to select the optimal reaction conditions. The combination that gave the lowest threshold cycle (Ct) value and the highest final fluorescence was selected for the subsequent assays. The selected concentrations were 300 nM of SOFI_F primer, 900 nM of SOFI_R primer and 150 nM of SOFI_P probe.
Thus, each 20 µL reaction contained 10 µL of TaqMan Fast Universal Master Mix (2X), No AmpErase UNG (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA, USA), 1 µL of Primer SOFI_F (6 µM), 1 µL of Primer SOFI_R (18 µM), 1 µL of Probe SOFI_P (3 µM) and 100 ng of template DNA. Reactions were amplified in a 7500 fast real-time PCR System (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, CA, USA), with the fast ramp speed protocol: 95 °C for 20 s, followed by 40 cycles of 95 °C for 3 s and 60 °C for 30 s. Samples were analyzed in triplicate, and Ct mean and standard deviation of each individual were registered.

3. Results

3.1. Efficiency and Detection Limit

Different quantities of template DNA of S. officinalis, from 10−5 ng to 100 ng were used for the efficiency assay. Over this range of dilutions, the response was linear with a slope of −3.13, an R2 of 0.999 and an efficiency of 101%, following the equation: E = 10−1/b − 1 [24]. The acceptable efficiency values range from 90% to 110%, therefore, 101% can be considered ideally optimal. The minimum quantity of DNA detected was 10−4 ng. The automatic threshold generated in this assay was 0.02, the value used in the subsequent analyses.

3.2. Inclusivity and Specificity

A total of 14 samples of S. officinalis from different locations and dates of capture were tested (Table 1), obtaining Ct data between 12.59 and 16.16, with a Ct mean of 14.04 (Figure 2A).
In the other 19 species tested (Table 1), none of them presented any fluorescence signal with the exception of one specimen of Loligo vulgaris, which showed a late amplification signal (Figure 3B). In view of these results, another specificity assay was carried out with seven additional individuals of L. vulgaris, obtaining a Ct mean of 34.0, a result that is significantly different from the Ct of S. officinalis when a mean comparison test (one way ANOVA) was run (p < 0.001).

3.3. Application to Commercial Products

According to the Spanish regulations for the labeling of fresh, frozen and refrigerated fishery products, the commercial name “Sepia”, “Choco” or “Jibia” is only accepted for products containing S. officinalis, while the commercial name “Sepias” can be used for all species of the genus Sepia [25]. In the same way, the commercial name “Jibia” or “Sepia” can be only applied to canned products containing the species S. officinalis [26]. Therefore, the system was also tested with 16 commercial samples labeled as “Sepia”, “Choco” or “Sepias”, from supermarkets and restaurants of Galicia (Spain), with different degrees of processing such as thawed, frozen, grilled, cooked and canned.
Following the above-mentioned criteria, the FINS identification results of this study revealed four cases of mislabeling regarding species (Table 2), all being substitutions between different species of the genus Sepia, constituting a mislabeling rate of 25%. The substitute species found were Sepia pharaonis, Sepia aculeata, Sepia bertheloti and a non-identified species. In four cases, it was not possible to reach the species level with the FINS identification, due to the lack of reference sequences in public databases, but authors could determine that these samples did not belong to S. officinalis species by analyzing the results of the neighbor-joining tree and the BLAST tool. The MGB TaqMan real-time PCR system worked in fresh and processed samples of S. officinalis, and the method was able to differentiate between products containing S. officinalis (Ct mean 15.23) and products containing other species of the Sepiidae family (Ct mean 33.82), with statistical significance (p < 0.001). The type of processing did not affect the Ct values, and a good differentiation was obtained both in fresh and frozen products as well as in highly processed samples, such as canned.
The Ct results obtained for both reference and commercial samples containing S. officinalis ranged from 12.59 to 17.88, with a Ct mean of 14.40, while the rest of species remained undetected or showed late amplification, with Ct values of 23.62 and higher and a mean Ct of 33.40 and this Ct mean resulted significantly different from the Ct of samples containing S. officinalis (p < 0.001).

4. Discussion

Results confirm TaqMan real-time PCR technique as a powerful tool for species authentication, due to its characteristics of specificity, increased with Minor Groove Binding technology (MGB probes) [27], and its sensitivity, allowing the detection of very low quantities of target DNA. Real-time PCR also allows the detection and quantification of target DNA in one step, eliminating post-PCR steps and saving labor time. The method described in this work includes these characteristics of specificity, sensitivity and fastness, since the real-time PCR analysis takes around 40 min, which means that, depending on the tissue digestion protocol, the complete analysis from the tissue sample can be carried out in 3–4 h. This feature and the reduced equipment needed, opens the possibility of the optimization of the method for analyses on-site at the different levels of the value chain, including the point of sale. The cost of the analysis (less than 5 euros per sample) is also much lower than sequencing-based methods, which makes it affordable for low-resources control units.
S. officinalis is marketed under several types of processing, including those that eliminate the characteristics for visual identification, such as peeling, cutting, cooking and canning. This makes these products vulnerable to species substitution, intentional or not. Results also show that the design of the primer set allows the amplification and authentication of the species even in samples where processing may lead to DNA degradation and/or fragmentation, such as canning. The lack of rapid methods for this task makes the control of this market laborious and costly, and this technique emerges as the only available alternative at the moment.
The sampling at supermarkets has also revealed that Spanish legislation of the commercial names in canned products needs to be updated since it has not been reviewed since 1986. Taking into account the current legislation, canned products are not obliged to show the scientific name on the labels, i.e., commercial names such as “Sepia” can be found, which correspond to several species. The authors consider that this system is no longer suitable for the current market, where the amount of cephalopod species in the market has greatly increased while different species may achieve significant differences in market price.
The Ct values obtained in this study for the target species are at the same level or lower than other recent works using the TaqMan real-time PCR technique for species identification [28,29]. The significant differences found between the data corresponding to S. officinalis and the other species prove that Ct values can be used to determine whether a sample contains S. officinalis or another cephalopod species. Results also prove the high specificity of the system, which works for the differentiation of S. officinalis from the other species of the genus Sepia with commercial importance, demonstrating the utility of the method in food control, since the reported cases of mislabeling in the family Sepiidae show substitutions between species belonging to the same genus, as shown in previous publications [9,10] and confirmed in this study. Although the system has not been tested with all the species of the genus Sepia, this study included those with relevance to the market. Nonetheless, further analysis could be carried out to confirm the specificity of the method with other species of the genus Sepia which might have some commercial relevance in certain countries. The level of mislabeling found in this work (25%) is slightly lower than those found in the aforementioned articles, but still in the range of significant mislabeling. However, the different sampling procedures do not allow an adequate comparison, therefore, authors cannot affirm that there has been a decrease in the mislabeling rates. Nevertheless, these results highlight the need for an effective tool for the control of this type of product.

5. Conclusions

As a conclusion, this work presents a rapid, non-expensive and reliable method, able to differentiate S. officinalis from other species of the genus Sepia and other cephalopod species in food samples with different levels of processing, making it useful for food control authorities in the whole food value chain.
This study also found a moderate level of mislabeling in Sepia products, which highlights the need for more efficient control of the authenticity of this type of product.

Author Contributions

Conceptualization, A.V. and C.G.S.; methodology, A.V. and G.R.-F.; software, A.V.; supervision, C.G.S.; writing—original draft, A.V.; writing—review and editing, G.R.F. and C.G.S. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript.


This study is part of the SEATRACES project (, funded by the EU Interreg Atlantic Area Programme (project number EAPA_87/2016).


We acknowledge the Border Control Post of Vigo (BCP Vigo), Rogério Mendes, Patricia Ramos and Marta Pérez for providing tissue samples.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Figure 2. Amplification plots of the 10X dilution series of Sepia officinalis DNA (A): logarithmic, (B): linear.
Figure 2. Amplification plots of the 10X dilution series of Sepia officinalis DNA (A): logarithmic, (B): linear.
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Figure 3. (A) Inclusivity test: amplification pattern of reference samples of Sepia officinalis. (B) Specificity test: amplification pattern of reference samples of Sepia officinalis and the rest of the species tested.
Figure 3. (A) Inclusivity test: amplification pattern of reference samples of Sepia officinalis. (B) Specificity test: amplification pattern of reference samples of Sepia officinalis and the rest of the species tested.
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Table 1. Reference samples used in this study and threshold cycle (Ct) results.
Table 1. Reference samples used in this study and threshold cycle (Ct) results.
Sample CodeSpeciesCommon Name (FAO)Geographic OriginCt Mean ± SD
SOFF2Sepia officinalisCommon cuttlefishAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27.9) Vigo12.98 ± 0.32
SOFF3Sepia officinalisCommon cuttlefishAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27.9) Cambados14.05 ± 0.26
SOFF4Sepia officinalisCommon cuttlefishAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27.9) Cambados14.80 ± 0.04
SOFF5Sepia officinalisCommon cuttlefishAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27.9) Cambados16.16 ± 0.35
SOFF6Sepia officinalisCommon cuttlefishAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27.9) Vigo13.57 ± 0.70
SOFF7Sepia officinalisCommon cuttlefishAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27.9) Vigo15.37 ± 0.10
SOFF8Sepia officinalisCommon cuttlefishAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27.9) Vigo13.51 ± 0.07
SOFF9Sepia officinalisCommon cuttlefishAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27) 14.11 ± 0.20
SOFF10Sepia officinalisCommon cuttlefishAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27)15.65 ± 0.21
SOFF11Sepia officinalisCommon cuttlefishAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27)13.86 ± 0.48
SOFF12Sepia officinalisCommon cuttlefishAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27)13.25 ± 0.39
SOFF15Sepia officinalisCommon cuttlefishAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27.9) Algarve12.72 ± 0.06
SOFF16Sepia officinalisCommon cuttlefishAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27.9) Algarve12.59 ± 0.19
SOFF17Sepia officinalisCommon cuttlefishAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27.9) Algarve13.98 ± 0.12
SBER 2Sepia bethelotiAfrican cuttlefishAtlantic, Eastern Central (FAO 34) ≥40
SBER 3Sepia bethelotiAfrican cuttlefishAtlantic, Eastern Central (FAO 34) ≥40
SORB 4Sepia orbygnianaPink cuttlefishAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27)≥40
SORB 5Sepia orbygnianaPink cuttlefishAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27)≥40
SPHA 1Sepia pharaonisPharaon cuttlefishIndian Ocean, Western (FAO 51)≥40
LVUL 2Loligo vulgarisEuropean squidWestern Central Atlantic (FAO 31)27.00 ± 0.16
LVUL 1Loligo vulgarisEuropean squidAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27)26.03 ± 0.28
LVUL 5Loligo vulgarisEuropean squidAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27)29.15 ± 0.14
LVUL 3Loligo vulgarisEuropean squidWestern Central Atlantic (FAO 31)≥40
LVUL 4Loligo vulgarisEuropean squidWestern Central Atlantic (FAO 31)≥40
LVUL 6Loligo vulgarisEuropean squidWestern Central Atlantic (FAO 31)≥40
LVUL 7Loligo vulgarisEuropean squidWestern Central Atlantic (FAO 31)≥40
LVUL 8Loligo vulgarisEuropean squidWestern Central Atlantic (FAO 31)29.80 ± 0.40
LREY 1Loligo reynaudiCape Hope squidAtlantic, Southeast (FAO 47)≥40
IILL 2Illex illecebrosusNorthern Shortfin squidAtlantic, Northwest (FAO 21)≥40
TEBL 1Todaropsis eblanaeLesser flying squidAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27)≥40
TPAC 3Todarodes pacificusJapanese flying squidPacific, Northwest (FAO 61)≥40
ICOI 10Illex coindetiiSouthern shortfin squidAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27)≥40
LGAH 9Loligo gahiPatagonian squidPacific, Southeast (FAO 87)≥40
MHYA 8Martialia hyadesiSevenstar flying squidAtlantic, Antarctic (FAO 48)≥40
NSLO6Nototodarus sloaniiWellington flying squidPacific, Southwest (FAO 81)≥40
TSAG 1Todarodes sagittatusEuropean flying squidAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27)≥40
OVUL 142Octopus vulgarisCommon octopusAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27)≥40
OCYA 3Octopus cyaneaBig blue octopusPacific, Western Central (FAO 71)≥40
OCYA 4Octopus cyaneaBig blue octopusPacific, Western Central (FAO 71)≥40
OMIM 1Octopus mimusChangos octopusPacific, Southeast (FAO 87)≥40
ECIR 143Eledone cirrhosaHorned octopusAtlantic, Northeast (FAO 27)≥40
DGIG 1Dosidicus gigasJumbo squidPacific, Southeast (FAO 87)≥40
AMEM 1Amphioctopus membranaceusWebfoot octopusIndian Ocean, Western (FAO 51)≥40
FAO: Food and Agriculture Organization. SD: Standard Deviation.
Table 2. Commercial samples used for validation. The mislabeled samples are highlighted in red.
Table 2. Commercial samples used for validation. The mislabeled samples are highlighted in red.
Sample CodeType of ProcessingType of EstablishmentSpecies DeclaredSpecies Identified by FINSCt Mean ± SD
S1FrozenSupermarketSepia spp.Sepia pharaonis29.77 ± 0.62
S2FrozenSupermarketSepia spp.Sepia pharaonis27.68 ± 0.06
S3FrozenSupermarketSepia spp.Sepia sp (not S. officinalis)≥40
S4FrozenSupermarket“Sepia”Sepia sp (not S. officinalis)31.85 ± 0.26
S5CannedSupermarket“Sepia”Sepia officinalis16.91 ± 0.47
S6FrozenSupermarketSepia spp.Sepia sp (not S. officinalis)≥40
S7CookedSupermarketSepia officinalisSepia officinalis17.88 ± 0.94
S8CannedSupermarket“Sepia”Sepia officinalis15.41 ± 0.03
S10GrilledRestaurant“Choco”Sepia officinalis13.70 ± 0.06
S11FrozenSupermarketSepia aculeataSepia sp (not S. officinalis)≥40
S12FrozenSupermarketSepiella spp.Sepiella inermis≥40
S13FrozenSupermarketSepia pharaonisSepia aculeata≥40
S14ThawedSupermarketSepia officinalisSepia officinalis14.03 ± 0.28
S15GrilledRestaurant“Sepia”Sepia bertheloti26.08 ± 0.11
S16ThawedSupermarketSepia officinalisSepia officinalis13.43 ± 0.06
S17CannedSupermarket“Sepia”Sepia pharaonis23.62 ± 0.23
FINS: Forensically Informative Nucleotide Sequencing.

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