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Octopus vulgaris (Mollusca, Cephalopoda) as a model in behavioral pharmacology: A test of handling effects
Publication Type 
Journal Article
Year of publication 
Physiology & Behavior
Despite the great interest of Cephalopods in learning studies, behavioral pharmacological experiments using these animals are scanty. The purpose of this study was to find an appropriate method of injection of substances for studying their effects on the behavior of octopuses. We injected into the branchial heart a known volume of seawater to test the effect of cold anaesthesia and of different types of manipulation on the predatory performance of Octopus vulgaris. An injection procedure that is simple, reliable, and does not require anaesthesia is proposed. The article also addresses ethical and manipulation requirements of modern behavioral pharmacology.