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This volume represents some of the recent and relevant issues with respect to cephalopod biology, ecology, and conservation. The 2006 Hobart triennial Cephalopod International Advisory Council (CIAC) Symposium provided an international forum to showcase recent advances in cephalopod ecology and biology. CIAC 2006 was hosted by the University of Tasmania and the Australian-based Fisheries Research Development Corporation was a major sponsor of the symposium. The meeting was attended by 181 scientists and students from 26 countries and demonstrated that cephalopod biology continues to be a field of study that is advancing rapidly.
Exploitation of commercial species is a central theme to many of the research papers in this issue. To this end the basics of cephalopod biology and ecology underpin much of the knowledge needed to understand processes responsible for the population and community patterns observed. Species descriptions and identification are being derived from both...