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Common squid

Order Cephalopoda
Family Loliginidae

Marine cephalopod mollusc. Long, narrow, cylindrical mantle. Bulky head. Wide fins, no longer than 60% of the length of the mantle. Tentacular club with very large suckers in the central rows. Inner dorsal shell (gladius or pen) not calcified, very narrow and transparent. It can reach up to 50 cm in length.

FAO code
Loligo vulgaris
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 27: the Northeastern 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 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Fishing seasons
jul aug sep
International denominations
Germany Gewöhnlicher Kalmar
China 真枪乌贼
France Calmar
Italy Calamaro
Portugal Lula
United Kingdom Common squid
Japan Ika
Fishing areas
Fishing arts
Purse seines

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