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Cephalopods: Ecology and Fisheries

Cephalopods: Ecology and Fisheries

Peter Boyle, Paul Rodhouse

ISBN: 978-0-470-99531-0 November 2007 Wiley-Blackwell 464 Pages


Squid, cuttlefish and octopuses, which form the marine mollusc group the cephalopods, are of great and increasing interest to marine biologists, physiologists, ecologists, environmental biologists and fisheries scientists.

Cephalopods: ecology and fisheries is a thorough review of this most important animal group. The first introductory section of the book provides coverage of cephalopod form and function, origin and evolution, Nautilus, and biodiversity and zoogeography. The following section covers life cycles, growth, physiological ecology, reproductive strategies and early life histories. There follows a section on ecology, which provides details of slope and shelf species, oceanic and deep sea species, population ecology, trophic ecology and cephalopods as prey. The final section of the book deals with fisheries and ecological interactions, with chapters on fishing methods and scientific sampling, fisheries resources, fisheries oceanography and assessment and management methods.

This scientifically comprehensive and beautifully illustrated book is essential reading for marine biologists, zoologists, ecologists and fisheries managers. All libraries in universities and research establishments where biological sciences and fisheries are studied and taught should have multiple copies of this landmark publication on their shelves.




Form and Function.

Origin and Evolution.

Nautilus: The Survivor.

Biodiversity and Zoogeography.

Life Cycle.


Physiological Ecology.


From Egg to Recruitment.

Coastal and Shelf Species.

Oceanic and Deep-Sea Species.

Cephalopods as Predators.

Cephalopods as Prey.

Fishing Methods and Scientific Sampling.

Fishery Resources.

Fisheries Oceanography.

Assessment and Management.


Appendix A: Classification of Living Cephalopod Families.

Appendix B: Synopsis of Living Cephalopod Families.



"This splendid book offers much more than what its title seems to promise!

The wider biological background is explained in a sequence of lucidly structured, superbly illustrated chapters.

The authors have perfectly succeeded in writing a book for students and researchers as well as for lay readers interested in marine zoology. This comprehensive treatment of the most exotic group of marine molluscs is likely to become indispensible reading for zoology classes at undergraduate and graduate levels. Above all it is a very rich source of information, a true vademecum for anyone interested in squid, cuttlefish and octopus."
Vie et Milieu, 2006

"This book provides a thorough review of this most important animal group.

This comprehensive and well-illustrated book is essential reading for marine biologists, zoologists, ecologists and fisheries managers."

CAB Abstracts, 2006

"This is a fascinating book, providing for fish biologists a readable and comprehensive review of a parallel and rival universe of cephalopod adaptiveness, life-style and significance in marine ecosystems. It is undoubtedly an essential text and reference."

Journal of Fish Biology, 2006

"For many years to come, this book will surely be essential reading not only for cephalopod biologists, but for anyone interested in marine biology, ecology, and fisheries science."

Quarterly Review of Biology, 2006

'This book is a good starting point for any student interested in studying cephalopods. It also gives those that specialise in a particular area of cephalopod research a broad overview of other areas that they may know little or nothing about'

Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 2007

'It is a well presented book that uses an abundance of graphs and diagrams to illustrate the text, maps to show lifecycle migration, colour photos to show composite satellite images of fishing lights and to illustrate the use of camouflage. Key morphological characters that can be used to identify cephalopods'

Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 2007

'I recommend that everyone with an interest in cephalopods reads this book from beginning to end because one will find information of interest to them that they would not think to look for'

Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 2007

*comprehensive and thorough coverage of squids and octopuses
*much new information brought together for the first time
*a must-have title for all those involved in the subject
*authors are well known and respected