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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 was also a Hardback of this title but it is no longer available
  • Published October 1998

Replaced by 9780521723701

$85.99 (P)

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.


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.


"...a masterful work...I hope this book will be widely read..." Michael Salmon, Choice

"For a reader new to the field of cephalopod behavior, and even those who have studied these fascinating creatures for years, this is a valuable information source. It is well written, organized and easy to read..." Jennifer A. Hoar, Quarterly Review of Biology

"...this is an excellent volume, and I strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested either in cephalopods or behavior..." Michael Veccione, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society

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