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Family: Ommastrephidae flying squids and arrow squids (See list of species below)

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22 species with fin ray counts including ? spines in dorsal and ? in anal fins (see list below)


Dosidicus gigas
[jumbo flying squid]


Eucleoteuthis luminosa
[luminous flying squid]


Hyaloteuthis pelagica
[glassy flying squid]


Illex argentinus
[Argentine shortfin squid]


Illex coindetii
[shortfin squid]


Illex illecebrosus
[northern shortfin squid]
No picture found

Illex oxygonius
[sharptail shortfin squid]
No picture found

Martialia hyadesi
[sevenstar flying squid]


Nototodarus gouldi
[Gould's flying squid]


Nototodarus hawaiiensis
[Hawaiian flying squid]
No picture found

Nototodarus philippinensis
[Philippine flying squid]


Nototodarus sloanii
[Wellington flying squid]


Ommastrephes bartramii
[neon flying squid]
No picture found

Ornithoteuthis antillarum
[bird squid]


Ornithoteuthis volatilis
[shiny bird squid]


Sthenoteuthis oualaniensis
[purpleback flying squid]
No picture found

Sthenoteuthis pteropus
[orangeback squid]


Todarodes angolensis
[Angolan flying squid]
No picture found

Todarodes filippovae
[Antarctic flying squid]


Todarodes pacificus
[Japanese flying squid]


Todarodes sagittatus
[European flying squid]


Todaropsis eblanae
[lesser flying squid]
22 Species of Family Ommastrephidae
(flying squids and arrow squids)
Sort by: Species Length
Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
Dosidicus gigas jumbo flying squid Eastern Pacific. From so 400 TL
Eucleoteuthis luminosa luminous flying squid Circumglobal in tropical 180 ML
Hyaloteuthis pelagica glassy flying squid Indo-Pacific and Atlantic 10.5
Illex argentinus Argentine shortfin squid Southwest Atlantic, South 40 ML
Illex coindetii shortfin squid Atlantic Ocean and the Me 37.9 ML
Illex illecebrosus northern shortfin squid Atlantic Ocean 31 ML
Illex oxygonius sharptail shortfin squid Atlantic Ocean. 23 ML
Martialia hyadesi sevenstar flying squid Southern Ocean. 40 ML
Nototodarus gouldi Gould's flying squid Indo-West Pacific 40 ML
Nototodarus hawaiiensis Hawaiian flying squid Pacific Ocean 16 ML
Nototodarus philippinensis Philippine flying squid Western Pacific 18 ML
Nototodarus sloanii Wellington flying squid Southwest Pacific 42 ML
Ommastrephes bartramii neon flying squid Circumglobal in subtropic 90 ML
Ornithoteuthis antillarum bird squid Atlantic Ocean 30 ML
Ornithoteuthis volatilis shiny bird squid Indo-West Pacific 31 ML
Sthenoteuthis oualaniensis purpleback flying squid Indo-Pacific. Tropical t 65 ML
Sthenoteuthis pteropus orangeback squid Pan-Atlantic in tropical 65 ML
Todarodes angolensis Angolan flying squid Southwest Pacific and Eas 43.3 ML
Todarodes filippovae Antarctic flying squid Circumpolar in Southern O 55.5 ML
Todarodes pacificus Japanese flying squid Northern and Western Paci 50 ML
Todarodes sagittatus European flying squid Eastern Atlantic, Mediter 75 ML
Todaropsis eblanae lesser flying squid Atlantic Ocean, the Medit 29 ML



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