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Winter squid

Order Cephalopoda
Family Loliginidae

Marine cephalopod mollusc with long mantle, moderately slender, cylindrical and conical at the posterior end, variable color with brown, red, purple and yellow mottling. Abnormally large eyes covered by a transparent membrane. The diameter of the externally visible eyeball is 8 to 18% of the length of the mantle. It has eight tentacles that are about half the length of the mantle, while the pair of tentacles appendages is about two-thirds of its length. Left ventricle arm hectocotolized in males. Rhomboidal fins on each side of the rear end and measuring approximately half the length of the mantle.

FAO code
Loligo pealeii
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 31: the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 77: the Eastern Central part of the Pacific Ocean
Fishing seasons
jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Langflossen Schelfkalmar
France Calmar totam
Italy Calamaro
Portugal Lula pálida
United Kingdom Winter squid
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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