Squid, Atlantic, Common, European, Veined

Loligo vulgaris, Loligo forbesi

Method of production — Caught at sea
Capture method — Demersal otter trawl
Capture area — North East Atlantic (FAO 27)
Stock area — Cornwall
Stock detail — VIIe,f,g and h
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Squid are highly advanced predatory molluscs related to octopus and cuttlefish. Squid have 8 arms and 2 longer tentacles which are used to capture their prey. There are two main species found in the UK: Loligo vulgaris and Loligo forbesi. They are widespread throughout the North East Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Loligo vulgaris can grow to around 45cm mantle length (ML) whilst L.forbesi can grow up to 90cm ML. They are short-lived only living for 2 to 3 years, fast growing and are often found to be larger than the imported squid found in restaurants. When reproducing, males die shortly after spawning and females die shortly after brooding. Their eggs are laid on the seabed and are found in large egg masses.

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