Communication and Noncommunication by Cephalopods

Communication and Noncommunication by Cephalopods

Moynihan, Martin
Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/22/1985
Format: Hardback 25 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-31382-9
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Moynihan’s book is not merely an attractive and readable descriptive synthesis, but an acute commentary on the development of current theory, opening new areas and refreshingly examining cherished models." —W. John Smith, University of Pennsylvania

This book summarizes the state of our knowledge about communication in cephalopods, including squids, cuttlefishes, octopuses, and related forms, and assesses the comparative and theoretical implications of what we know.

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Table of Contents


Chapter I Introduction: Objectives, Background, and Scope

Phylogenies, Systematics, and Distributions
Habits and Strategies
The Known Players
Characteristics and References

Chapter II The Data

Some Definitions
Senses and Means
Ritualized and Unritualized Behavior
The General Nature of the Information
Comments on the Drawings and Photographs
Comments on Tables 2-4

Chapter III Social and Ecological Correlations and Noncorrelations

The Meagerness of the Obvious
Stability and Change

Chpater IV Confidence Limits

Chapter V Rules and Syntax

The Multiplication of Ritualized Patterns
Design Features
Motivation-Structural Rules
Possible Grammar
Manipulation and Choice

Chapter VI Partial Recapitulation

Chapter VII What Is to Be Done?