About this Research Topic
Cephalopods are highly diverse and ancient mollusks that thrive in a wide range of marine habitats, from coastal waters to the deep-sea. Many species are valuable fisheries resources and ecologically opportunistic due to their short life-cycle and high ratio of biomass production. As a result, cephalopods show high sensitivity to changes in the environment and are important research models in areas such as neurobiology, physiology and climate variability.
These animals have evolved advanced nervous and sensory systems allowing the display of a complex cognitive and behavioral repertoire, unparalleled with invertebrate standards. Cephalopods also are distinguished by many other unique anatomical, functional and biological features, such as the ability to change body shape, skin color and texture in a fraction of a second to produce impressive body-patterns and camouflage.
These evolutionary novelties reflect the successful adaptations of cephalopods to diverse habitats and motivate the need to learn more and explore the interrelationships between their life- cycles and environmental conditions. This Research Topic aims to draw a picture on recent advances in cephalopod research inspired by selected papers from the Cephalopod International Advisory Council Conference – CIAC 2018 held in Saint Petersburg, FL, USA in November 2018. Nevertheless, this Research Topic is also open to all scientists working on topics encompassing the theme of the conference.
We encourage submissions on all aspects of Cephalopod Biology, Physiology, Metabolic regulation, Development, Reproduction and Behavior in accordance to the theme of the Conference, “Cephalopod Research Across Scales - Molecules to Ecosystems”. All forms of submissions are welcome: Original Research Articles, Review Articles and Method Articles.
Keywords: Cephalopods, Physiology, Reproduction, Development and Ecology