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The Predator-Prey Relationship between the Octopus (Octopus bimaculatus) and the California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata)

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Title: The Predator-Prey Relationship between the Octopus (Octopus bimaculatus) and the California Scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata)
Authors: Taylor, Peter B.
Chen, Lo-Chai
Issue Date: Jul 1969
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Taylor PB, Chen LC. 1969. The predator-prey relationship between the octopus (Octopus bimaculatus) and the California scorpionfish (Scorpaena guttata). Pac Sci 23(3): 311-316.
Abstract: The predator-prey relationships between the California scorpionfish
Scorpaena guttata Girard and the octopus Octopus bimaculatus Verrill were examined
by observations of behavior in aquariums. California scorpionfish eat small
octopuses, but they specifically evade large octopuses attempting to stalk them, in
contrast with their defensive behavior, employing the venomous spines, against
other potential predators. They appear to discriminate between predatory behavior
and other kinds of behavior of octopuses. The observations suggest that, in nature,
octopuses prey on scorpionfish, principally on the juveniles.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/3386
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 23, Number 3, 1969



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