Abstract

There have been few studies that demonstrate a protective function of inking behavior of cephalopods. In this paper I report the use of ink pseudomorphs by adult Octopus bocki against predatory attacks from green turtle (Chelonia mydas) hatchlings. Turtles that attacked ink pseudomorphs ceased predation attempts whereas naive turtles attacked and ingested octopuses.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-6188
Print ISSN
0030-8870
Pages
pp. 69-72
Launched on MUSE
2005-01-11
Open Access
No
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