Accession Number:

ADA523848

Title:

Reflective Light Modulation by Cephalopods in Shallow Nearshore Habitats

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

MARINE BIOLOGICAL LAB WOODS HOLE MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

7.0

Abstract:

Camouflage mechanisms are not well known despite the general misconception that they are moreover, quantification of camouflage especially of opaque organisms is particularly wanting. We have three objectives 1 Acquire imagery camouflaged animals and their backgrounds and corresponding irradiance data from coral reef and temperate rock reef environments. 2 Perform image analyses to quantify the degree of crypsis. 3 Construct a comparative digital photographic library of shallow-water marine animals in the camouflage categories of Uniform, Mottle and Disruptive. The central focus is on octopus, cuttlefish and squid because they have the most diverse and changeable camouflage patterns known in biology. Fish and insects are studied comparatively.

Subject Categories:

  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE