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Summer squid

Order Cephalopoda
Family Ommastrephidae

Marine cephalopod mollusc with mantle robust, widest at midpoint between anterior end and beginning of fins; tail not sharply pointed. Fin angle moderate, 40° to 50° mostly 45° ; fin width greater than fin length. Head small, short and narrow. Arms relatively short, of about equal length in both sexes; hectocotylized arm (in males) shorter than the opposite ventral arm (IV), its modified portion very short, about 22% of arm length. Colour: reddish-brown to deep purple, more intense on head, arms and dorsal surface of mantle and fins; paler on ventral surfaces; a brilliant yellowish-green tint. Maximum mantle length 31 cm.

FAO code
Illex illecebrosus
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 31: the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean
Fishing seasons
jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Nördlicher Kurzflossenkalmar
France Encornet rouge nordique
Italy Totano
Portugal Pota do norte
United Kingdom Summer squid
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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