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Cogn Process. 2008 Dec;9(4):239-47. Epub 2007 Oct 12.

Short-distance navigation in cephalopods: a review and synthesis.

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  • 1Laboratoire de Physiologie du Comportement des CĂ©phalopodes, EA 3211, UniversitĂ© de Caen Basse-Normandie, Caen cedex, France.


This paper provides a short overview of the scientific knowledge concerning short-distance navigation in cephalopods. Studies in laboratory controlled conditions and observations in the field provide converging evidence that cephalopods use visual cues to navigate and demonstrate spatial memory. A recent study also provides the first evidence for the neural substrates underlying spatial abilities in cuttlefish. The functions of spatial cognition in cephalopods are discussed from an evolutionary standpoint.

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