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Octopus Biology and Ecology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128206393

Octopus Biology and Ecology

1st Edition

Editors: Rui Rosa Graham Pierce Ian Gleadall Roger Villanueva
Paperback ISBN: 9780128206393
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st December 2021
Page Count: 400
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Octopods: Bioecology, Fisheries, and Aquaculture is an all-in-one resource that explains early life history stages, including age and growth maturation, distribution, migration, diet, predators and parasites related to these mollusks. Octopods are becoming a strong source of protein, with information on the species becoming more and more important to fisheries. This reference offers detailed information on the most economically important octopods in the world and addresses the management and future forecasting of octopod fisheries. Special attention is given to octopods in highly variable coastal environments as they constitute a particular challenge.

Octopod populations (together with other cephalopod groups) have increased worldwide, suggesting that these commercially relevant mollusks will benefit from the conditions of the oceans of tomorrow (e.g., global warming and decreased competition and predator pressures). This is a complete resource for aquatic scientists, marine biologists, researchers, cephalopod biologists, cephalopod ecologists, fisheries and aquaculture scientists, regulators and students.

Key Features

  • Provides fishing methods, management and stock assessments on octopods for future growth
  • Presents recent advances and research methods to help foster future progress
  • Describes each species and their future potential as a food source


Researchers, Cephalopod biologists; Cephalopod ecologists; Fisheries and Aquaculture scientists; Fisheries and aquaculture regulators. Students in Marine Biology; Marine Ecology; Fisheries Science; and Marine Aquaculture

Table of Contents

1. Common octopus (Octopus vulgaris)
2. Brazil reef octopus (Octopus insularis)
3. Mexican foureyed octopus (Octopus maya)
4. Changos octopus (Octopus mimus)
5. Gloomy octopus (Octopus tetricus)
6. Prickly octopus (Abdopus aculeatus)
7. Sandbird octopus (Amphioctopus aegina)
8. Gold-spot octopus (Amphioctopus fangsiao)
9. Veined octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus)
10. Neglected ocellate octopus (Amphioctopus neglectus)
11. Musky octopus (Eledone moschata)
12. Horned octopus (Eledone cirrhosa)
13. North Pacific giant octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)
14. Whiparm octopus (‘Octopus’ minor)
15. Day octopus (Octopus cyanea)


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About the Editors

Rui Rosa

Rui Rosa graduated in Marine Biology by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL) in 1999 and completed a PhD degree in Biology by the same institution in 2005. After post-doctoral activities at the University of Rhode Island (USA), he became Senior Researcher and Auxiliary Professor at FCUL. He published 202 peer reviewed publications (h-factor of 32), 3 books and 10 book chapters. He has co-edited 2 books and conducts editorial activities in several international journals. His research seeks to understand how climate-related drivers of change affect marine biodiversity, including cephalopods.

Affiliations and Expertise

MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Laboratorio Marítimo da Guia, Faculdade de Ciencias, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal

Graham Pierce

Graham Pierce is a Zoology graduate (University of London, 1980) with a Masters degree in Ecology and a PhD in animal behaviour (both University of Aberdeen, 1981 and 1986). He worked as a postdoc at the University of Aberdeen until 1996, on marine mammal feeding ecology and (since 1990) cephalopod biology and ecology, then joining the University’s teaching staff and becoming Professor in 2008. He held a Marie Curie Chair at Instituto Español de Oceanografia (Vigo, Spain) during 2007-2010 and was a visiting professor at University of Aveiro (Portugal) during 2013-2016. He left Aberdeen to join IIM CSIC in 2017, and is currently Head of the Department of Marine ecology and Resources. He has published 290 papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as 40 book chapers and has co-edited four books on cephalopods. He is co-chair of the ICES Workng Group on Cephalopod Fisheries and Life History and a past President of the Cephlopod International Advisory Council. He works on the life history, ecology, exploitation and conservation of marine animals, with particular interests in cephalopods and marine mammals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas) (IIM CSIC), Vigo, Spain

Ian Gleadall

Professor, International Fisheries Science Unit, Tohoku University Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Japan

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Ian Gleadall works at the International Fisheries Science Unit in Tohoku University Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Japan.

Roger Villanueva

Roger Villanueva graduated in Biological Sciences by the Faculty of Biology of the University of Barcelona in 1989 and obtained the PhD from the same institution in 1992 studying the ecology of cephalopods from the Benguela Current. Later, during his two-year postdoctoral stay at the Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls, France, he discovered the beauty of the early life stages of cephalopods and these remain as one of his preferred research topics to the present. He is tenured scientist at the Institut de Ciències del Mar from 2001, he has published 60 peer-reviewed articles, 4 book chapters an co-edited one book.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institut de Ciencies del Mar, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain

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