Broadtail shortfin squid (Illex coindetii)

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A moderately long and narrow squid up to 38 cm long, with a pointed tail and large robust head.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

All British and Irish coasts.

Global distribution

Eastern Atlantic: 15 degrees south to 60 degrees north, Mediterranean and Black Sea. Western Atlantic: Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and southeast Florida; 10 degrees north to 27 degrees north.


Associated with muddy bottoms

Depth range


Identifying features

  • Mantle moderately long and narrow, tail pointed and moderately drawn out.
  • Fin angle broad, fin width greater than length.
  • Head large and robust, especially in males.
  • Tentacular club with 8 longitudinal rows of small suckers.
  • Arms very long.

Additional information

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  1. NBN (National Biodiversity Network) Atlas. Available from:

  2. OBIS (Ocean Biodiversity Information System),  2024. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Accessed: 2024-04-21


This review can be cited as:

Wilson, E. 2006. Illex coindetii Broadtail shortfin squid. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 21-04-2024]. Available from:

Last Updated: 06/11/2006