Future challenges in cephalopod research

José C. Xavier, A. Louise Allcock, Yves Cherel, Marek R. Lipinski, Graham J. Pierce, Paul G K Rodhouse, Rui Rosa, Elizabeth K. Shea, Jan M. Strugnell, Erica A G Vidal, Roger Villanueva, Alexander Ziegler

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Abstract

Cephalopods (Mollusca: Cephalopoda) play an important role as keystone invertebrates in various marine ecosystems, as well as being a valuable fisheries resource. At the World Malacological Congress, held 21-28 July 2013 in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal, a number of cephalopod experts convened to honour the contribution of the late Malcolm R. Clarke, FRS (1930-2013) to cephalopod research. Endorsed by the Cephalopod International Advisory Council (CIAC), the meeting discussed some of the major challenges that cephalopod research will face in the future. These challenges were identified as follows: (1) to find new ways to ascertain the trophic role and food web links of cephalopods using hard tissues, stable isotopes and novel concepts in theoretical ecology; (2) to explore new approaches to the study of cephalopod morphology; (3) to further develop cephalopod aquaculture research; (4) to find new ways to ascertain cephalopod adaptation and response to environmental change; (5) to strengthen cephalopod genetics research; and (6) to develop new approaches for cephalopod fisheries and conservation. The present paper presents brief reviews on these topics, followed by a discussion of the general challenges that cephalopod research is bound to face in the near future. By contributing to initiatives both within CIAC and independent of CIAC, the principle aim of the paper is to stimulate future cephalopod research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1015
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Volume95
Issue number5
Early online date26 Jun 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2015

Keywords

  • aquaculture
  • cephalopods
  • climate change
  • fisheries
  • future research
  • genetics
  • morphology
  • trophic interactions

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    Xavier, J. C., Allcock, A. L., Cherel, Y., Lipinski, M. R., Pierce, G. J., Rodhouse, P. G. K., Rosa, R., Shea, E. K., Strugnell, J. M., Vidal, E. A. G., Villanueva, R., & Ziegler, A. (2015). Future challenges in cephalopod research. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 95(5), 999-1015. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315414000782