African squid

Order: 
Cephalopoda
Family: 
Loliginidae

Marine cephalopod mollusc with mantle extremely long and narrow. Tail (fins and posterior mantle projection) extremely long and spike-like. Fins oval in outline; posterior border of fins concave;arms very short. Diameters of club suckers of median 2 rows 3 times greater than lateral ones. Left ventral arm (IV) hectocotylized by modification of distal 2/5 of length; 8 to 11 pairs of normal suckers proximally followed by longitudinal rows of more or less elongate papilla that gradually decrease in size distally. Maximum mantle length 19 cm.

International Designations

Portugal: 
Lula
UK: 
African squid
China: 
非洲异枪乌贼
Fishing gears: 
Trawls
FAO code: 
OUK
Scientific name: 
Alloteuthis africana
Type: 
Molluscs
Fishing areas: 
Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Fishing seasons: 
ENE
FEB
MAR
ABR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AGO
SEP
OCT
NOV
DIC