Cranchia scabra

Author: Leach, 1817


Size: 150 mm mantle length.

General: The mantle is covered by large, multi-pointed cartilagenous tubercles. When disturbed, the squid often pulls its head and arms into the mantle cavity and folds its fins tightly against the mantle to form a turgid ball. The tubercules, presumably, provide some type of protection but it is unclear what predators are affected and how. In addition, the squid may ink into the mantle cavity, making the ball opaque.

Geographic Information

Ocean range (global): This species occurs throughout tropical and subtropical waters of the world's oceans.

Additional Information


Encyclopedia of Life

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World Register of Marine Species

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Citation: Cranchia scabra (Leach, 1817) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2022-08-16.
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