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Japanese flying squid

Order Cephalopoda
Family Ommastrephidae

Marine cephalopod mollusc with mantle slender, muscular. Fins sagittate, relatively short, length about 40 to 45% of mantle length. Funnel groove where tint is ejected with foveola, no side pockets. Tentacular club expanded, robust, long. Arms relatively short; arm sucker rings smooth proximally, toothed with about 10 to 14 graded, sharp teeth distally; right arm IV hectocotylized in distal third with suckers and stalks modified into low, conical papillae and comb-like protective membrane. Maximum mantle length 50 cm.

FAO code
Todarodes pacificus
FAO Fishing Areas
  • 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
International denominations
Germany Japanischer Flugkalmar
France Toutenon japonais
Italy Totano giapponese
Portugal Pota japonesa
United Kingdom Japanese flying squid
Japan Surumeika
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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