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Loligo vulgaris, Common European squid

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Loligo vulgaris eggs
This squid is found in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea and they are most abundant at depths of 20 to 250 m. They are smaller than L. forbesi with a maximum weight of 1.5 kg and size of 42 cm mantle length.

Like most invertebrates, the speed of development time for the eggs and other life processes like growth rate, depends on temperature. The eggs pictured above will take about 25 days to develop at 22°C and 45 days if they are at 13°C.

References and Credits


Roper C.F.E., Sweeney M.J. and Nauen C.E. 1984. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol 3. Cephalopods of the world. FAO Fisheries Synopsis 125(3).


Peter Wirtz kindly donated the photograph of this squid.

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