Navigation by spatial memory and use of visual landmarks in octopuses

  title={Navigation by spatial memory and use of visual landmarks in octopuses},
  author={Jennifer Mather},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  • J. Mather
  • Published 1 April 1991
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Comparative Physiology A
Summary1.This study begins to evaluate how octopuses navigate, and whether they can use visual landmarks. Paths ofOctopus vulgaris were observed in the field as they foraged and responded to displacements.Octopus rubescens were trained to orient to a beacon in the laboratory, and response to its displacement was monitored.2.Octopuses foraged using chemotactile exploration but did not retrace their outgoing paths.3.Octopuses learned to orient to a beacon for a food reward, and oriented directly… 

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