Opalescent inshore squid

Order: 
Cephalopoda
Family: 
Loliginidae

Marine cephalopod mollusc whose mantle measures 19 cm in males and 17 cm on females. It has 8 short arms and 2 longer tentacles. All equipped with two rows of cup-shaped suction cups with blunt teeth in the center. The left ventral arm of the male squid is hectocotolized, so that the last third of the arm considerably reduces suction cups, modified for reproductive purposes. It has a pair of triangular fins that extend from the tip to almost half the mantle. They have chromatophores on their skin to change their color. They are normally a bluish-white to mottled brown and gold, and they change to dark red or brown when excited, frightened or feeding.

International Designations

Germany: 
Kalifornischer Kalmar
France: 
Calmar opale
Italy: 
Calamaro californiano
UK: 
Opalescent inshore squid
China: 
乳白枪乌贼
Japan: 
Kariforunia yariika
Fishing gears: 
Purse seines
FAO code: 
SQO
Scientific name: 
Loligo opalescens
Type: 
Molluscs
Fishing areas: 
Area 67: the Northeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
Area 77: the Eastern Central part of the Pacific Ocean
Global production (Tons): 
37406
Fishing seasons: 
ENE
FEB
MAR
ABR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AGO
SEP
OCT
NOV
DIC