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Phylum Mollusca > Class Cephalopoda > squids and cuttlefishes > Family Loliginidae
Indian squid
Uroteuthis duvaucelii
Family Loliginidae
updated May 2020
Where seen? This squid with a triangular fin is sometimes seen on our reefs. Elsewhere, may be found in deeper waters 30 to 170m.

Features: 8-10cm long, may grow to 30cm long and weigh 1.5kg. Body long and slender with triangular fins at the rear end. Arms about half the length of the body, slender.

What does it eat? It feeds on fishes, crustaceans and other squids. It may also cannabalise other Indian squids.

Baby Indian squids: Eggs are laid in masses called egg mops, made up of many capsules, each capsule containing many eggs (100-300 eggs).

Pulau Hantu, Jul 03

Tanah Merah, Oct 09
Human uses: It is an important seafood item in India and Thailand and harvested in various ways from trawling, net with lights, pushnet and hook and line. There is currently efforts to aquaculture this squid in Thailand.

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Indian squids on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Changi, Jun 13
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Beting Bronok, Aug 15
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Beting Bemban Besar, May 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

Terumbu Bemban Besar, May 11

red squid stranded @ t.bemban besar 22May2011 from SgBeachBum on Vimeo.

Grateful thanks to Tay Ywee Chieh for identifying this cuttlefish.

  • Tan Siong Kiat and Henrietta P. M. Woo, 2010 Preliminary Checklist of The Molluscs of Singapore (pdf), Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore.
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