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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.

Characteristics
FAO code
SQO
Specie
Loligo opalescens
Type
Molluscs
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 67: the Northeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 77: the Eastern Central part of the Pacific Ocean
Fishing seasons
feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Kalifornischer Kalmar
China 乳白枪乌贼
France Calmar opale
Italy Calamaro californiano
United Kingdom Opalescent inshore squid
Japan Kariforunia yariika
Fishing areas
Fishing arts
Purse seines

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