Quiz about Are You Squidding Me
Quiz about Are You Squidding Me

Are You Squidding Me? Trivia Quiz


Here are a few questions about squid. (Quiz adopted by MotherGoose)
This is a renovated/adopted version of an old quiz by author SweeperStar

A multiple-choice quiz by MotherGoose. Estimated time: 2 mins.
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Author
MotherGoose
Time
2 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
100,094
Updated
Oct 31 22
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
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1. Squid are marine animals belonging to the phylum Mollusca. Of the animals listed below, which is the closest relative to the squid? Hint

shrimp
sea urchin
snail
jellyfish

2. Squid belong to a group of molluscs known as decapods. What does this indicate they have ten of? Hint

feet or limbs
antennae
eyes
hearts

3. Squid have an internal body part known as a "pen". In this context, what is a pen? Hint

shell
gut
gill
gonad

4. How many hearts does a squid have? Hint

1
4
10
3

5. Which of the squid's body parts is the largest amongst all animals? Hint

heart
eye
brain
stomach

6. What colour is squid blood? Hint

blue
green
red
brown

7. What is the collective noun for a group of squid? Hint

smack
consortium
fever
shoal or school

8. In terms of mass, which is the largest type of squid? Hint

jumbo squid
giant squid
colossal squid
mammoth squid

9. Squid have an ink sac. What is its main purpose? Hint

to help regulate buoyancy
to signal potential mates
to distract predators
to help transport oxygen

10. Like many molluscs, squid are edible. What culinary term is associated with squid? Hint

calamari
escabeche
dolmades
bouillabaisse


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Squid are marine animals belonging to the phylum Mollusca. Of the animals listed below, which is the closest relative to the squid?

Answer: snail

Squid and snails both belong to the phylum Mollusca. This means they share typical characteristics of a soft body, a muscular foot, and a mantle which encloses the internal organs and secretes a shell.

The incorrect answer options are marine animals that belong to other phyla. Sea urchins belong to Echinodermata, jellyfish belong to Cnidaria, and shrimp belong to Arthropoda.
2. Squid belong to a group of molluscs known as decapods. What does this indicate they have ten of?

Answer: feet or limbs

Within the phylum Mollusca, decapods belong to a group (a super-order) known as Decapodiformes - not to be confused with another group of marine animals, also called decapods, which belong to a different phylum - phylum Arthropoda, class Crustacea, order Decapoda.

Literally translated the word decapod means "ten-footed". Molluscan decapods have ten limbs, specifically eight shorter arms and two longer tentacles, and include squid and cuttlefish. Crustacean decapods include shrimp, crabs, lobsters, and crayfish.
3. Squid have an internal body part known as a "pen". In this context, what is a pen?

Answer: shell

Most molluscs have an external shell; a few lack a shell. The squid, however, has an internal shell called a pen or gladius. Gladius is a Latin word meaning sword, indicating that the shape of the shell resembles a sword. Its function is to act as support for the body and to provide a place for muscles to attach.

The pen is made of a chemical called chitin and resembles translucent plastic.
4. How many hearts does a squid have?

Answer: 3

Squid have three hearts. Two are called branchial hearts; their function is to pump blood to the gills, where oxygen is taken up. Branchial means pertaining to the gills. Blood then flows to the third or systemic heart, where the oxygenated blood is pumped to the rest of the body.
5. Which of the squid's body parts is the largest amongst all animals?

Answer: eye

In the animal kingdom, the colossal squid has the largest eye. The largest known specimen measured 27 centimetres (10.6 inches) in diameter, approximately the size of a soccer ball or basketball. This is almost three times larger than the animal in second place, the blue whale, whose eye measures about 11 cm (4.3 inches) in diameter. As you might expect, squid have very good vision.

The sperm whale has the largest brain and the blue whale has the largest stomach and heart.
6. What colour is squid blood?

Answer: blue

Animal blood comes in a variety of colours. In most cases, the colour is dependent upon the chemical composition of the substance in their blood which carries oxygen. Human blood gets its red colour from a protein in the blood cell called haemoglobin, which contains iron. Squid have blood which is a deep blue colour because it contains a similar protein called haemocyanin. Haemocyanin contains copper instead of iron.
7. What is the collective noun for a group of squid?

Answer: shoal or school

The traditional collective noun for a group of squid is a shoal or school, the same as for fish. Although there are many websites that state the collective noun for squid is a squad, the term squad is not officially recognised by marine science authorities.

Smack, fever and consortium are the collective nouns for jellyfish, stingrays, and octopi respectively.
8. In terms of mass, which is the largest type of squid?

Answer: colossal squid

The colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) is the largest of all marine invertebrates. The giant squid (Architeuthis dux) is the second largest. The colossal squid is slightly shorter in length but has a much larger and heavier body. The largest recorded specimen of the colossal squid weighed 495 kilograms (1,091 lb), approximately twice the weight of the giant squid.

The jumbo squid, also known as the Humboldt squid, is quite large - its maximum size is approximately 1.5 metres (5 feet) in length and 50 kg (110 lb) in weight. However, this pales in comparison to the giant squid, which is approximately five times the size and weight of the jumbo squid, or the colossal squid, which is approximately ten times bigger. There is no such thing as a mammoth squid.
9. Squid have an ink sac. What is its main purpose?

Answer: to distract predators

Squid have an ink sac to store the ink, called sepia, produced by their ink gland. When a squid is threatened, it can squirt out the ink to cloud the water, which gives it a chance to escape. As well as being visually distracting, it is also believed that the chemical nature of the ink may interfere with the predator's chemoreceptors.

Humans have used squid ink for a variety of purposes; for example, as an ink, a dye, food colouring, and in traditional Chinese medicines.
10. Like many molluscs, squid are edible. What culinary term is associated with squid?

Answer: calamari

Calamari is the Italian word for squid, from the Latin "calamarius", meaning "pertaining to a pen" - so-called because of the presence of the pen-shaped internal shell and ink sacs. It can be eaten in many ways - raw, dried, pickled, grilled, stewed, stir-fried - but perhaps the most popular is coated in batter and deep-fried.

Escabeche and bouillabaisse are fish dishes. Dolmades are grape/vine or cabbage leaves stuffed with rice and minced meat - they don't contain fish or seafood.
Source: Author MotherGoose

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