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Caribbean Reef Squid

Sepioteuthis sepioidea

(Blainville, 1823)

Caribbean Reef Squid

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Summary

Saltwater Squids. Inhabits the shallower waters, usually nearer to the surface than the reefs, commonly in small schools of 4-30.

Characteristics

Size: 15 to 20, max 30 cm.
Colour: The colouring is, as with all cephalopods, highly variable. Usually a reddish cast over a bluish body.
Shape: This squid is somewhat cigar shaped. Along the entire side runs a fin, which is pointed at the end. The arms of this squid are shorter than the body.


Habitat environment and ecology

Inhabits coral reefs. Like other cephalopods, the Caribbean reef squid, is semelparous, dying after reproducing. Females lay their eggs then die immediately after. The males, however, canfertilize many females in a short period of time before they die. Females lay the eggs in well-protected areas scattered around the reefs.

Distribution range

BES-eilanden: St. Eustatius

Author

[Marion Haarsma, march 2016]

Literature

- Humann, P. (2001). Reef Creature Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas Author: Paul Humann, Publisher: New World Publications Pages: 4.


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