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Lesser flying squid (Todaropsis eblanae)

Distribution data supplied by the Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS). To interrogate UK data visit the NBN Atlas.Map Help



A relatively small squid between 13-22 cm in length with a large, broad head.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

All British and Irish coasts.

Global distribution

Eastern Atlantic; 36 degrees south to 60 degrees north including around British Isles and Mediterranean Sea; Southwest Pacific ocean off Australia; Southeast Indian Ocean off Australia.


Associated with muddy bottoms

Depth range


Identifying features

  • Fins with anterior border more convex than posterior border.
  • Head large and broad.
  • Tentacular club with 4 longitudinal rows of small suckers.

Additional information

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  1. Conchological Society of Great Britain & Ireland, 2018. Mollusc (marine) records for Great Britain and Ireland. Occurrence dataset: accessed via on 2018-09-25.

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

  3. OBIS (Ocean Biodiversity Information System),  2023. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Accessed: 2023-06-05


This review can be cited as:

Wilson, E. 2006. Todaropsis eblanae Lesser flying 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 05-06-2023]. Available from:

Last Updated: 06/11/2006