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Dimensions:
190 × 135 mm
200 pages
Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781780231778
Illustrations:
101 illustrations, 87 in colour
Published:
09 Dec 2013
Series:
Animal

Octopus Richard Schweid

The octopus is generally acknowledged to be the most intelligent invertebrate in the world. Octopus relates both what is known and unknown about the mind of an octopus, as well as detailing the animal’s remarkable natural history.

Octopus also documents the long and multi-faceted relationship between human and cephalopod. It shows how, over the millennia some cultures have regarded octopuses as erotic totems, while others have considered them symbols of the darkest evil, or nothing more than a tasty meal. The role of the octopus in the global fish and seafood industry, and in far-flung cuisines, is also examined. The octopus has always fascinated people, and this book will immerse readers in its amazing world.

‘Schweid delivers the abundance of information in Octopus in a clear and concise style, and his text is accompanied by dozens of color illustrations, including beautiful photographs of the animals and an array of images from art and folklore. The book is an enjoyable and compact guide to one of nature’s more peculiar creations.’ – Chapter16.org

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Richard Schweid is an author and journalist who lives in Barcelona. He has published eight books, including Eel in Reaktion’s Animal series.

1. Octopus Body

2. Octopus Brain

3. Octopus Mind

4. Octopus Fishing, Farming and Marketing

5. Octopus Cuisine

6. Octopus Iconography

7. Octopus Keeping

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