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Octopus, Squid, and Cuttlefish

A Visual, Scientific Guide to the Oceans’ Most Advanced Invertebrates

Roger Hanlon, Mike Vecchione, and Louise Allcock

Octopus, Squid, and Cuttlefish

Roger Hanlon, Mike Vecchione, and Louise Allcock

224 pages | Full color images throughout | © 2018
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9780226459561 Published October 2018 For sale in North America only
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"Cephalopods are often misunderstood creatures. Three biologists set the record straight."—Science News

Largely shell-less relatives of clams and snails, the marine mollusks in the class Cephalopoda—Greek for “head-foot”—are colorful creatures of many-armed dexterity, often inky self-defense, and highly evolved cognition. They are capable of learning, of retaining information—and of rapid decision-making to avoid predators and find prey. They have eyes and senses rivaling those of vertebrates like birds and fishes, they morph texture and body shape, and they change color faster than a chameleon. In short, they captivate us.

From the long-armed mimic octopus—able to imitate the appearance of swimming flounders and soles—to the aptly named flamboyant cuttlefish, whose undulating waves of color rival the graphic displays of any LCD screen, there are more than seven hundred species of cephalopod. Featuring a selection of species profiles, Octopus, Squid, and Cuttlefish reveals the evolution, anatomy, life history, behaviors, and relationships of these spellbinding animals. Their existence proves that intelligence can develop in very different ways: not only are cephalopods unusually large-brained invertebrates, they also carry two-thirds of their neurons in their arms. 

A treasure trove of scientific fact and visual explanation, this worldwide illustrated guide to cephalopods offers a comprehensive review of these fascinating and mysterious underwater invertebrates—from the lone hunting of the octopus, to the social squid, and the prismatic skin signaling of the cuttlefish.
Contents
Introduction

Chapter One: Cephalopod Anatomy
Advanced Invertebrates
Inside the Cephalopod
Emperor Nautilus
Giant Pacific Octopod
Pharaoh Cuttlefish 46
Bigfin Squid
Japanese Flying Squid
Rough Glass Squid

Chapter Two: Phylogeny & Evolution
500 Million Years of Evolution
Nautilus—Living Fossil?
Evolution of Coleoids
The Buoyancy Conundrum
Octopodiformes
Decapodiformes
Cephalopods & Fishes: Convergent Evolution
On Dwarfs & Giants
Evolution & Climate Change
Fuzzy Nautilus
Common Blanket Octopus
Vampire
Two-toned Pygmy Idiosepiid
Caribbean Reef Octopus
Flamboyant Cuttlefish
Analogous Bobtail Squid
Opalescent Inshore Squid
Eye-flash Squid

Chapter Three: Peculiar Lifestyles
Reproduction
Development
Age & Growth
Locomotion
Cephalopods of Various Biomes
Migration
Humboldt Squid
Greater Argonaut
Striped Pyjama Squid
Thumbstall Squid
Agassiz’s Whiplash Squid
Pacific Warty Octopod
Balloon Dumbo Octopod

Chapter Four: Behavior, Cognition & Intelligence
Decision Making
Rapid Adaptive Coloration
Nature’s Best Camouflage
When Camouflage Fails
Super Fights for Mates
Sneaky Males & Sneakier Females
Evaluating Intelligence in Such Bizarre Animals
Common Octopus
Day Octopus
Mimic Octopus
Common European Cuttlefish
Giant Australian Cuttlefish
Broadclub Cuttlefish
Long-finned Inshore Squid
Caribbean Reef Squid

Chapter Five: Cephalopods & Humans
World Fisheries & Human Consumption
A Rich History of Biomedical & Biological Advances
Bio-inspired Materials Science & Engineering
Horned Octopod
Lesser Two-spotted Octopod
Southern Blue-ringed Octopus
Hawaiian Bobtail
Cape Hope Squid
Veined Squid
Jewel Squid
Sparkling Enope Squid

Glossary
Resources
Notes on Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments
 
Review Quotes
Science News
"Cephalopods are often misunderstood creatures. Three biologists set the record straight on the behaviors and evolution of these invertebrates of the sea."
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