Guide to Squid, Cuttlefish and Octopuses of Australasia
Provides insights into the biology and behaviour of more than 60 species – from the Giant Squid to the deadly Blue-ringed Octopus.
The Australasian region is home to the greatest diversity of cephalopods — squid, cuttlefish, octopuses — in the world. Yet, we know very little about these fascinating marine animals. + Full description
This book provides insights into the biology and behaviour of more than 60 species. From the Giant Squid to the deadly Blue-ringed Octopus, the secret lives of cephalopods are revealed in a highly readable form with outstanding colour images and informative text.
For each species there is a distribution map and identification notes which summarise the main features to look for. While the book focuses on species found in relatively shallow coastal waters, a few of the more bizarre deeper-water species are included.
Naturalists, divers, reef-walkers and anglers will find the book authoritative, yet very easy to use. A comprehensive section illustrating cuttlebones will enable beachcombers to identify most of the species they are likely to encounter.- Short description
No longer available in a print edition.
‘This book is the first illustrated summary of our cephalopod fauna. In this Olympic year it deserves a gold medal for opening our eyes to an amazing and hitherto hidden element of our marine fauna.’
Bill Rudman, Australian Museum (Nature Australia Summer 2000-2001)
DetailsePDF | May 2000
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
What are cephalopods?
Evolution of cephalopods
The main cephalopod groups
- Chambered Nautiluses
- Cuttlefish, Bobtail Squid and their Allies
- Vampire Squid