Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    oualaniensis
    Genus
    Sthenoteuthis
    Family
    Ommastrephidae
    Order
    Teuthida
    Subclass
    Coleoidea
    Class
    Cephalopoda
    Phylum
    Mollusca
  • Size Range
    Body to 35 cm.

This squid has a wide distribution throughout the entire Pacific and Indian oceans. Harvested in Okinawa and Taiwan to be used as bait.

Identification

The Purpleback Flying Squid can be recognised by a large yellow light organ under the skin in animals >10cm body length. The lower edge of the body is permanently fused to the funnel.

Habitat

Sthenoteuthis oualaniensis lives in open waters from the surface of the ocean down to depths of around 1,000m.

Other behaviours and adaptations

This species appears to rise to shallower waters at night to feed.

References

  • Norman, M., (2000) Cephalopods- A World Guide, ConchBooks, Germany (Hackenheim)
  • Roper, C.F.E., M.J. Sweeney & C.E. Nauen, (1984) FAO species catalogue. Vol. 3. Cephalopods of the World: An annotated and illustrated catalogue of species of interest to fisheries, FAO Fish Synopsis, 125(3): 1-277.