Argentine shortfin squid

Order: 
Cephalopoda
Family: 
Loliginidae

Marine cephalopod mollusc with mantle long, muscular, widest at midpoint. Fins muscular, relatively short (length 42% of mantle length) and broad (width 57% of mantle length); fin angle broad, 45 to 55 (90 to 110° both fins), rhomboidal fins. Arms very long for the genus, averaging up to 72% of mantle length for arms close to tentacle in males; all arms of males significantly longer than in females; right (or left) arm IV hectocotylized along more than 50% of its length with suckers modified into narrow lamellae to the tip. Maximum mantle length 33 cm.

International Designations

Germany: 
Argentinischer Kurzflossenkalmar
France: 
Encornet rouge argentin
Italy: 
Totano
Portugal: 
Pota argentina
UK: 
Argentine shortfin squid
Japan: 
Ika
Fishing gears: 
Hooks
Trawls
FAO code: 
SQA
Scientific name: 
Illex argentinus
Type: 
Molluscs
Fishing areas: 
Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 58: the Antarctic and Southern parts of the Indian Ocean
Area 87: the Southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
Global production (Tons): 
1011375
Fishing seasons: 
FEB
MAR
ABR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AGO