Octopus, Squid, and Cuttlefish: A Visual, Scientific Guide to the Oceans' Most Advanced Invertebrates

Hanlon, Roger & . Univ. of Chicago. 2018. 224p. illus. maps. index. ISBN 9780226459561. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780226459738. REF
Scientists Hanlon (senior scientist, Marine Biological Laboratory; ecology & evolutionary biology, Brown Univ.), Mike Vecchione (director, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries National Systematics Laboratory), and Louise Allcock (zoology, National Univ. of Ireland, Galway; president, Cephalopod International Advisory Council) share their knowledge of cephalopods, from the predatory Humboldt squid to the endangered and deepwater-dwelling flapjack devilfish. While the language leans toward the technical, the glossary is helpful and photos are often breathtaking, with clear and meaningful captions. Chapters examine anatomy, evolution, and intelligence. Though humans have dined on cephalopods, we have also studied them for insight into biomedical advances, discussed in a final section.
VERDICT Captivating photos introduce readers to a fascinating group of underwater creatures. Pair with Sy Montgomery's National Book Award finalist The Soul of an Octopus for instant appeal.

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