Caribbean Reef Squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea)

Also known as Atlantic Oval Squid, Pencil Squid, Reef Squid

Description

Also known as Atlantic Oval Squid, Pencil Squid, Reef Squid.

Found often close to the surface hovering over reefs and seagrass beds in shallow coastal waters of harbours and lagoons, commonly seen at night feeding.
They feed on crustaceans and small fish.
Length - 20cm
Depth - 0-20m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean

These squid are sometimes mistaken for cuttlefish due to the large fin that surrounds their mantle.
Commonly seen at night and can be inquisitive of divers, however if approached they can swim backwards at great speed producing a jet of water from the funnel in the front. Their fins are used for turning.
This species is known for its elaborate courtship displays and size sorted schooling behaviour.
Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_reef_squid

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