Animal Species:Pencil Squid – Photololigo etheridgei

The Pencil Squid forms the basis of valuable local and commercial fisheries throughout South-east Asia.

Standard Common Name

Pencil Squid

Identification

Photololigo etheridgei is an elongate squid, typically covered in red or orange spots. They also possess a pair of light organs inside the mantle, one on each side of their ink sac. Their internal shell (gladius) is long and thin.

Size range

Body up to 30cm.

Similar Species

Molecular studies of the group Photololigo have suggested that there may be many species treated under a single species name.

Classification

Species:
etheridgei
Genus:
Photololigo
Family:
Loliginidae
Order:
Teuthida
Subclass:
Coleoidea
Class:
Cephalopoda
Phylum:
Mollusca

What does this mean?

References

Norman, M & A. Reid., (2000) A Guide to Squid, Cuttlefish and Octopuses of Australasia, CSIRO Publishing, Victoria (Collingwood)


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