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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.

FAO code
Alloteuthis africana
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Fishing seasons
jan feb apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
China 非洲异枪乌贼
Portugal Lula
United Kingdom African squid
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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