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Interspecific evaluation of octopus escape behavior

By J. B. Wood, R. C. Anderson

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Abstract

The well-known ability of octopuses to escape enclosures is a behavior that can be fatal and, therefore, is an animal welfare issue. This study obtained survey data from 38 participants - primarily scientists and public aquarists who work with octopuses - on 25 described species of octopus. The study demonstrates that the likeliness to escape is species specific (p=.001). The study gives husbandry techniques to keep captive octopuses contained. This first interspecific study of octopus escape behavior allows readers to make informed species-specific husbandry choices.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 7
Issue 2
Pages 95-106
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1207/s15327604jaws0702_2
Language English
Author Address Bermuda Biological Station for Research, Ferry Reach, St. George's GE 01, Bermuda.ceph@dal.ca
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal rights
  3. Animals
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Aquacultural and fisheries
  6. Aquatic organisms
  7. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  8. Cephalopods
  9. Escape responses
  10. Invertebrates
  11. Mollusks
  12. Octopus
  13. peer-reviewed
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