Neon flying squid

Order: 
Cephalopoda
Family: 
Ommastrephidae

Marine cephalopod mollusc with mantle muscular, robust, not drawn out posteriorly into a pointed tail. Fins muscular, length 40 to 45% of mantle length, width about 60% of mantle length, single fin angle 45° to 50°. A long golden or silvery stripe along the ventral midline from mantle opening to level of fin-insertion (this stripe probably is a luminescent organ); similar golden tissue on ventral surfaces of head and ventral arms (IV); numerous closely-packed, small, very irregularly shaped, often interconnected, light organs embedded under the skin in muscle of mantle ventrally; similar light organs occur in patches on ventral surface to head. Four to six small suckers on the tentacular stalk proximal to the first smooth knob of the fixing apparatus. Maximum mantle length 50 cm.

International Designations

Italy: 
Totano
Portugal: 
Pota saltadora
UK: 
Neon flying squid
Fishing gears: 
Hooks
FAO code: 
OFJ
Scientific name: 
Ommastrephes bartrami
Type: 
Molluscs
Fishing areas: 
Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 31: the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 51: the Western part of the Indian Ocean
Area 57: the Eastern part of the Indian Ocean
Area 61: the Northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
Area 67: the Northeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
Area 71: the Western Central part of the Pacific Ocean
Area 77: the Eastern Central part of the Pacific Ocean
Area 81: the Southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
Area 87: the Southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
Global production (Tons): 
2900
Fishing seasons: 
ENE
FEB
MAR
ABR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AGO
SEP
OCT
NOV
DIC