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Observations on the behaviour of the cirrate octopod Opisthoteuthis grimaldii (Cephalopoda)

  • Roger Villanueva (a1)
    • Published online: 01 June 2000

Specimens of Opisthoteuthis grimaldii were video recorded in a shipboard aquarium and their behavioural traits, such as bottom resting, flat-spreading, web-inversion and ballooning response, were described. Ballooning, as defence response, has been recorded only for cirrate octopod families with an intermediate web (Cirroteuthidae: Stauroteuthidae), and this structure has been supposed to be essential for developing this behaviour. Members of the Opisthoteuthidae family lack an intermediate web, indicating that this is a common defence response in cirrates, expressed in a basic form in the Opisthoteuthidae, offering an illustration of how this behaviour can evolve.

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Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
  • ISSN: 0025-3154
  • EISSN: 1469-7769
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-the-marine-biological-association-of-the-united-kingdom
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