Common name: Mantis squillid
Scientific name: Squilla mantis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Seasonality: December January February
Biological and ecological features of the species: It has an elongated shape and its shell is greyish-white with hints of pink and two characteristic purplish-brown oval spots on the tail that look like eyes. It lives at depths ranging from 10 m to 200 m on sandy or muddy coastal bottoms. It is a solitary species and by day lives in tunnels dug into the sea floor, while at night it comes out in search of food or for reproduction
Max length: 20 cm
Minimum conservation reference size: Not applicable
Fishing gear: Bottom trawl
Nutritional qualities: This crustacean species has delicate flesh, low in fat and omega-3 fatty acids and with a moderate protein content. It is a good source of minerals like selenium, iron and zinc. This species should be purchased when still alive and cooked within a short time, as it spoils rapidly.