COOL IMAGES: Love, Cephalopod Style

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Science  24 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5436, pp. 2027
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5436.2027a

Passionate but deadly, these Hapalochlaena lunulata, or blue-ringed octopuses, are locked in a 16-arm embrace, the male delivering sperm to the female via a modified third tentacle. This steamy scene and scores of other images of octopuses, squids, and cuttlefish adorn the Cephalopod Page, a clearinghouse for information about these three-hearted, color-changing, globe-spanning invertebrates.

Since starting the site in 1995, grad student James B. Wood has accumulated and posted a wealth of research articles, answers to frequently asked questions, and delightfully written natural history accounts of some of the 703 species of living cephalopods. The site links to the more detailed, research-oriented CephPage, which lists a complete taxonomy and synonymy of living cephalopods and allows visitors to plot range maps based on all the recorded captures of individual species.

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