Species by Order: Teuthida

Natural History
Abraliopsis felis

A small squid that is quite abundant off the west coast of the U.S.

Doryteuthis (Loligo) opalescens

California market squid; spawning occurs in shallow waters. Females deposit clusters of white egg masses on the sandy bottom.  Paralarvae are sometimes caught in plankton nets, but the fast-swimming adults are not.

Dosidicus gigas

Commonly called jumbo flying squid, since 2002 it has been seen frequently off the coast of Southern California and occasionally as far north as Alaska.  In several years there have been mass strandings, usually of juveniles, along the California coast.