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Scientific name: Loligo vulgaris reynaudii
Common name: Choka
Taxonomy
Phyulm Sub Phylum Class Sub Class Order Sub Order Family Sub Family Genus Species
Mollusca Not Defined Cephalopoda Coleoidea Teuthida Myopsina Loliginidae Not Defined Loligo Loligo vulgaris reynaudii

     
Adult Eggs Eggs

Short Description:

This animals has an elongated slender body with eight short arms and two very long retractile tentacles, all of which have suckers. It has relatively long diamond-shaped fins, which run more than half the length of the mantle
Its eyes are covered with a membrane which is part of the skin covering the head. 

Identification
features:
 
Size: Its mantle is up to 40 cm long 
Behaviour:

It forms dense breeding aggregations in bays between Cape Point and Port Elizabeth in summer laying sausage-shaped bunches of egg bundles on the sea floor. The young are transported west by the Agulhas Current and mature on the Agulhas Bank. They then migrate eastwards as adults back to their spawning grounds.

Diet: Feeds on small fishes 
Distribution: It occurs in coastal waters from False Bay to Port Elizabeth
Depth: 200m 
Habitat: Pelagic 
Reference:
  • Two Oceans
    (A guide to the marine life of Southern Africa
    )
    GM Branch;CL Griffiths;ML Branch;LE Beckley
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    www.wikipedia.org/ 
Similar Species:
  • None on database

Database Statistics
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Photographer Date City Area Dive site Temp Size Depth Camera Photo Video
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-11-07 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Scotsmans Reef/Moonie 16 10mm 15m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
Glenn Jacoby-(Port Elizabeth) 2009-11-07 Port Elizabeth Wildside (PE-WS)-Scotsmans Reef/Moonie 16 10mm 15m Fujifilm Finepix F50fd photo
 
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