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Vision in Cephalopods: Part II

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The large eyes and well developed optic lobes of cephalopod mollusks have attracted researchers since the 19th century. They exemplify convergent evolution with many similarities to fish, especially in the optical structures of the eyes, but there are also fundamental differences in basic organization, for ...

The large eyes and well developed optic lobes of cephalopod mollusks have attracted researchers since the 19th century. They exemplify convergent evolution with many similarities to fish, especially in the optical structures of the eyes, but there are also fundamental differences in basic organization, for example the cephalopod retina consists primarily of sensory cells.

Building on our broad understanding of the cephalopod visual system and visual behavior new methods have opened questions ranging from development of the eye and brain to visual control of body patterns and processing of polarization information.

“Vision in Cephalopods: Part II” will bring together researchers in the field, and promote interest in these fascinating animals by the wider scientific community. We welcome original articles or reviews on any aspect of the vision of the more than 700 species of cephalopods, including eye design, anatomy, physiology and development of the visual system, and all aspects of behavior from orientation and camouflage to cognition.


Keywords: visual system, optics, eye, visual abilities, cephalopods


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