There are about 700 species of cephalopods (including the cuttlefishes, squids, octopods, and the chambered nautilus) living throughout the seas of the world. They are considered to be the most highly evolved marine invertebrates and possess elaborate sense organs, large brains and complex behavior. This book examines such behavior, summarizing field and laboratory data from a wide variety of sources in the first comprehensive account of the life of cephalopods in their natural habitats. This book surveys the way cephalopods find prey and escape predators, how they reproduce, how they learn, and how they communicate using complex body patterns. Throughout, the volume emphasizes the gaps in our knowledge in the hope of stimulating more biologists to study these beautiful and fascinating animals. Researchers in animal behavior, marine biology, and neuroscience will find the subject matter especially appealing.
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'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 BehaviourAbout the Author:
Roger T. Hanlon is a Senior Scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University, Rhode Island. An expert scuba diver, he studies the behaviour of cephalopods across the globe and has showcased his research in over forty television programmes, including for the BBC, NOVA, Discovery Channel and National Geographic.
John B. Messenger is a Zoologist interested in sensory physiology and the neural bases of animal behaviour. He has taught at the University of Cambridge, Universit... degli Studi di Napoli and the University of Sheffield, and has studied living cephalopods in several marine stations, including Banyuls-sur-Mer, Ine (Japan), Naples, Plymouth and Woods Hole.
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