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Cephalopod Behaviour

New Edition

By: Roger T Hanlon(Author), John B Messenger(Author)

382 pages, 35 colour & 136 b/w illustrations, 13 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | May 2018 | Edition: 2 | #234830 | ISBN-13: 9780521723701
Available for pre-order: Due May 2018 Details
NHBS Price: £49.99 $70/€57 approx
Hardback | Apr 2018 | Edition: 2 | #234829 | ISBN-13: 9780521897853
Available for pre-order: Due Apr 2018 Details
NHBS Price: £120.00 $167/€137 approx

About this book

With their large brains, elaborate sense organs and complex behaviour, cephalopods are among the world's most highly evolved invertebrates. This second edition summarises the wealth of exciting new research data stemming from over five hundred papers published since the first volume appeared. It adopts a comparative approach to causation, function, development and evolution as it explores cephalopod behaviour in natural habitats and the laboratory. Extensive colour and black-and-white photography illustrates various aspects of cephalopod behaviour to complement the scientific analysis. Covering the major octopus, squid and cuttlefish species, as well as the shelled Nautilus, this is an essential resource for undergraduate and advanced students of animal behaviour, as well as researchers new to cephalopods, in fields such as neuroscience and conservation biology. By highlighting the gaps in current knowledge, the text looks to inform and to stimulate further study of these enigmatic and beautiful animals.

"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 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

"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


1. Introduction
2. Senses, effectors and the brain
3. Body patterning and colour change
4. Feeding and foraging
5. Defence
6. Reproductive behaviour
7. Communication
8. The development of behaviour, learning and cognition
9. Ecological aspects of behaviour
10. Nautilus
11. Synthesis: brains, behaviour and the future

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