The Common Squid, also known as the European Squid (Loligo vulgaris), is a species of squid that is widely distributed in the Atlantic Ocean, from the coast of Europe to the coast of West Africa.
They can grow up to 24 inches (60 cm) in length, and are characterized by their cylindrical body shape, large fins, and two rows of tentacles.
In terms of appearance, the Common Squid is generally brownish or grayish in color, with distinctive markings on its mantle and fins. They have large, complex eyes and a broad mantle, which helps them maintain neutral buoyancy in the water. They are capable of changing color and texture, which they use for communication, camouflage, and attracting mates.
The Common Squid is found in the coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean, from the coast of Europe to the coast of West Africa. They are generally found in relatively shallow waters, at depths of up to 330 feet (100 meters), and are known to migrate to deeper waters during the winter months.
The Common Squid is a carnivorous predator that feeds on a variety of prey, including fish, shrimp, and other squid. They use their sharp beak and tentacles to capture their prey, and are known to hunt both during the day and at night.
The Common Squid is a highly dynamic and active species, known for its ability to change color and texture and its rapid movement.
They are primarily solitary creatures, although they may form aggregations during mating or feeding.
During mating, males and females engage in elaborate courtship displays, in which they use their ability to change color and texture to attract a mate.
The Common Squid, scientific name Loligo vulgaris, is a species of squid that belongs to the family Loliginidae, which is part of the order Teuthida and the class Cephalopoda.
Cephalopods are a group of highly advanced and intelligent marine invertebrates that also includes octopuses, cuttlefish, and nautiloids.
The Common Squid is not considered to be a species of concern in terms of conservation, as they are widely distributed and abundant in the Atlantic Ocean.