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  • 108 b/w illus. 8 colour illus. 50 tables
  • Page extent: 256 pages
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 0.58 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521645836 | ISBN-10: 0521645832)

There are about 700 species of cephalopods (cuttlefishes, squids, octopuses and the chambered nautiluses) living throughout the seas of the world, some between the tides, others in the deep ocean, and yet others in the surface waters. Cephalopods are considered to be the most highly evolved marine invertebrates and possess elaborate sense organs, large brains and complex behaviour. This 1996 book examines that behaviour, summarizing field and laboratory data from a wide variety of sources in a comprehensive account of the life of cephalopods in their natural habitats. It surveys the way they find prey and escape predators, how they reproduce, how they learn and how they communicate using complex body patterns. Throughout it emphasizes the gaps in our knowledge in the hope of stimulating more biologists to study these beautiful and fascinating animals.

• First ever synthesis of cephalopod behaviour both in the sea and in the laboratory • Covers the relic species Nautilus as well as octopus, squid and cuttlefish • Includes colour plates and lots of black and white photographs


Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Senses, effectors and the brain; 3. Colour change and body patterning; 4. Feeding and foraging; 5. Defence; 6. Reproductive behaviour; 7. Communication; 8. Learning and the development of behaviour; 9. Ecological aspects of behaviour; 10. Nautilus; Epilogue; References; Index.


'This book is a major zoological event.' American Zoologist

'… an essential volume for anyone working in almost any field of cephalopod behaviour, physiology or ecology.' Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

'An exceptionally handsome book … highly recommended for its aesthetics as much for its science. Working with cephalopods is a joy and a challenge. Both the joy and the challenge are brought to life in this book … an excellent book for behaviourists interested in cephalopods from a comparative perspective …'. Animal Behaviour

'This book is the first of its kind … It opens up what will for most readers be a new world. And about time too.' Martin J. Wells, Trends in Ecology and Evolution

'… compact and easy to use … it succeeds well in providing a comprehensive text for students, marine biologists, and anyone interested in an up-to-date review of the behaviour of one of the most fascinating invertebrate groups.' P. R. Boyle, Biologist

'This is an excellent book and can be highly recommended … It should find its way to the bookshelves of any biologist … For its content, visual beauty, clarity, and passion - get yourself a copy now!' Dr Marek Lipinski, ICES Journal of Marine Science

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