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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Revised ed. edition (28 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521645832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521645836
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.4 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,502,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'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

'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 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

Book Description

There are about 700 species of cephalopods (cuttlefishes, squids, octopuses and the chambered nautiluses) living throughout the seas of the world. This 1996 book examines their behaviour, summarizing field and laboratory data from a wide variety of sources in a comprehensive account of the life of cephalopods in their natural habitats.

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The content of this book is really fantastic, but I think they are printed cheaply to order by Amazon. The pages feel thin and cheap, the font is slightly fuzzy, the pictures are sometimes hard to make out. I would suggest buying straight from the publisher.
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I too was let down by the lack of quality of the paper , printing and photos . Content is great , but it is not a quality book - feels more like a cheap textbook. I would like to buy a hardback original and pay more for quality.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Terribly Disappointed by Quality of Printed Book 5 May 2014
By Blessed Cheesemaker - Published on Amazon.com
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The good news – the actual manuscript writing is excellent, informative, and enjoyable to read. The authors are able to combine their knowledge with a high level of enthusiasm that results in a wonderful, informative read for an interested layperson or scientist from another specialty.

The *bad* news, and get ready, because it is really bad – the print quality of the published book is awful. There are NO color photographs in the book. The black and white drawings in the book are almost universally fuzzy and washed-out in appearance, in contrast to the sharp printed words on the page (and in contrast to the sharp figures one sees in the online previews on Amazon and on Google Preview). Where there was a colored plate in previous editions (between pp. 70 and 71), a black and white photo is presented, along with the guidance that a color version of the photo is available at a web address that leads to the book’s “for sale” page at Cambridge University Press. However, no where on the web page for the book at Cambridge University Press is there any link to any photos or to any errata (more on that below). But never fear, Cambridge has also included a line in their book that they have “no responsibility for the persistence or accuracy of URL’s” referred to in this book. So, apparently, it seems to me that they will always make sure they can sell you a copy, but they aren’t going to do anything to ensure the quality of the book.

Interestingly enough, when I went to the Cambridge website and saw the info for the book, it stated that there are 8 colored photographs in the book. Since that is no longer true, one would think they would remove that from the informational page for the book, but so far, they haven’t.

Although one might suspect the fact that the book is published on demand may have something to do with both the poor quality of the black and white figures, and the lack of color plates, I have ordered plenty of books that have been published on demand by other companies that showed no signs of poor quality. In fact, the scientific books I purchase from Springer are always of top quality. I shall continue to purchase books from Springer.

My final criticism: One would think that in a scientific book, some ongoing collection of errata would be a good idea. If the book is published on demand, one imagines that (gasp!) errors could even be fixed! Well, you can give up all hope on that belief, because there is a whole, entire figure missing (Figure 3.2) that I can’t find anywhere in the book, and should be hard to miss, since the authors refer to “Fig. 3.2” parts a through q , so it must have about 17 or so sub-figures. In any event, in addition to the NON-appearance of the promised color photos on the Cambridge website, there is also a total lack of any errata. (Edit: Upon further reflection, I would guess that Fig. 3.2 might also have been a color plate as well, that was removed. However, this seems worse, that they would remove something integral to the book, and not refer to it and/or not make a version available on the web. So I’m going to go with the idea that it was just an oversight/erratum).

If I was the author of a fine book such as this, and I saw how little interest the publisher had in presenting and maintaining the book, I would ask for the copyright back and see if a publisher such as Dover would be interested in publishing it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cephalopod Behaviour 16 May 2000
By steve barber - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for researchers or natural history fans. Finally a book which describes cephalopod behaviour and not just neurobiology. Great content in an easy to read manner. Good pictures & behavour photos and a large section of references.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Meet the world's most advanced invertebrates! 28 Dec. 2006
By William Chamberlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are as fascinated with squid as Professor Sean is, this book will keep you awake for days! This textbook covers nearly every aspect of cephalopod behavior and the underlying neurophysiological basis. Topics include color change, feeding and foraging, defense, reproduction, communication, learning, and ecology. What's perhaps most striking is how well Hanlon and Messenger explain things. This is a highly readable and fascinating account of these most amazing organisms. This is truly a must-have reference for anyone interested in cephalpods.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous 29 Nov. 2004
By John - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The best basic allround book on the subject Cephalopoda. Most books about the Phyla are writen from a neurological aspect, but this one differs. I goes into the complex behaviour of the smartest animals to use gills. I doesn't plunge into the dephts of scientific jargon but stays at a level that most layman understand and any biology undergraduate student should understand. Every chapter ends with a tip about futher studies and serves to water a students interest.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A serious source for the seriously interested in cephalopods 4 Feb. 2010
By Melanie D. Typaldos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book really isn't for everyone. Only the seriously interested in cephalopods should attempt to read it. But if you are interested in cephs and you have a good scientific background, there's a ton of interesting information in here. These are fascinating animals and the more you know about them, the more fascinating they are. Who knew that nautilus have 90 tentacles? Who knew that along with their obvious chromatophores, cephalopods also have reflecting cells and all kinds of interesting bioluminescence? But how do they really communicate? Are they as smart as they seem? There is so much that isn't known! At least according to this book that was last updated in 2002. Makes me wonder how much new information is available.
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