Get a squid for dissection to learn about a squid's respiratory, circulatory, excretory, reproductive, digestive, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. This plain preserved squid specimen is typically genus Loligo. Specimens are approximately 8-11" in length.
As students inspect a squid's external anatomy (mantle, tentacles, eyes, external buccal mass/mouthparts, etc.) and internal anatomy (ink sac, siphon, gonad, gills, internal buccal mass/mouthparts, etc.), they will gain memorable insight into one of the world's most intelligent invertebrates. Squids are cephalopods, and these fascinating creatures have chromatophores (pigment cells) on their skin that change color based on their emotions and what they're trying to communicate!
Closely examining the external parts and internal organs of a squid's body provides an engaging and educational experience for students of all ages. Whether part of an official zoology or biology lab, or done as a spontaneous hands-on activity at home, a squid dissection is an incredible way to learn more about the amazing complexities of life.
Get a squid for dissection today! 10+ pricing is based on bulk-packed specimens. When necessary, you will receive a combination of 10-packs and individually packed specimens to fill your order.
Note: Specimens are initially preserved with a formaldehyde solution, the best animal tissue fixative. The formaldehyde is then displaced first with water and finally with a glycol solution to produce a moist, low-fume specimen which will not decay over time.
HST Specimen Guarantee
In sealed, original packaging, our preserved specimens are guaranteed to remain fully preserved and free of decay for 12 months from the date of purchase.
Once the original package is opened, use specimen within one month. For best results, observe the following storage procedures:
- Store specimen in heavy-duty, zip-lock bags to minimize drying between dissections.
- Specimen will slowly dry out or become contaminated in zip-lock bags; add a teaspoon of Specimen Holding Fluid to retain moisture.
- Freezing or refrigeration is not necessary and may damage fragile tissues.