Squid: The Inside Story

How does a squid reproduce?

It takes two

Females release thousands of transparent eggs in jelly-like strands into the water.

Take a close look at a developing squid, or paralarva. It looks like a miniature adult.

Males produce long tubes, or spermataphores, filled with millions of sperm. Most species have a modified arm for depositing these in or on the female. This spermataphore cluster is implanted on the head of a female (Abraliopsis sp.). No wonder scientists are puzzled as to how squid eggs get fertilized!

Photo Credits: Clyde F.E. Roper/National Museum of Natural History

A female squid lays eggs through a series of steps involving a number of different body parts:

Eggs produced...Eggs released...Eggs packaged...Eggs laid
OvaryOviductNidamental glandFunnel

Ocean Planet Exhibition Floorplan

Smithsonian Giant Squid Overview Page

gene carl feldman / gene@seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov