Common name: Cuttlefish
Scientific name: Sepia officinalis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Seasonality: from April to October
Biological and ecological features of the species: It has eight arms of equal length and two long retractable tentacles with denticulated suckers, often used for defence and reproduction. It has bulging eyes with a well-developed pupil. They can change colour in seconds depending on the seabed. They have an inner shell, called a cuttlefish bone, and a bag for ink, which is ejected when the squid feels threatened
Max length: 45 cm
Minimum conservation reference size: Not applicable
Fishing gear: Bottom trawl
Nutritional qualities: Cuttlefish, like octopus, is a valuable low-calorie, high-protein food. Its protein has a high biological value. This mollusk is also a good source of iron, zinc, magnesium, vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids.