Animal Species:Squid

The elongated, streamlined body of the squid enables it to move quickly through the water. Often occurring in schools, it swims by flapping its fins or by jet propulsion using its siphon.

Squid Loligo

Dr Isobel Bennett © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Squid

Identification

Like cuttlefishes, the squid has 10 tentacles. Two longer feeding tentacles, covered with four rows of suckers, are curled up underneath them and these can quickly uncoil to grab prey. The skeleton or 'pen' is composed of chitin and looks like clear plastic.

Size range

25 cm

Distribution

Squid are found in southern Australian waters.

Habitat

Squid live in intertidal estuaries, coastal waters and oceans.

Other behaviours and adaptations

If threatened or disturbed, the squid can change colour and expel a blob of purple ink, which acts as a decoy while the animal quickly escapes.

Classification

Genus:
Loligo
Family:
Loliginidae
Order:
Teuthida
Class:
Cephalopoda
Phylum:
Mollusca
Kingdom:
Animalia

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2 comments

Alison Miller - 2.10 PM, 17 October 2010

Hi Parviz,

The image you have sent in is of a Cuttlefish, Sepia sp.  

 

parviz21891 - 4.06 PM, 02 June 2010
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