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Cephalopoda

Michele K. Nishiguchi and Royal H. Mapes

in Phylogeny and Evolution of the Mollusca

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780520250925
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933705 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520250925.003.0008
Cephalopoda

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This chapter examines the phylogeny and evolution of the molluscan class Cephalopoda. It explains that all fossil and modern taxa are marine and that modern cephalopods have notoriety by being the subjects of myths or science fiction and as an important food source. It suggests that the ability of Cephalopoda to sense their surrounding environment and adapt rapidly using camouflage or complex behavioral patterns demonstrates how complex these animals have become.

Keywords: Cephalopoda; phylogeny; evolution; myths; science fiction; food source; camouflage; complex behavioral patterns

Chapter.  20162 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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