Cephalopod culture: Current status of main biological models and research priorities

Erica A.G. Vidal, Roger Villanueva, José P. Andrade, Ian G. Gleadall, José Iglesias, Noussithé Koueta, Carlos Rosas, Susumu Segawa, Bret Grasse, Rita M. Franco-Santos, Caroline B. Albertin, Claudia Caamal-Monsreal, Maria E. Chimal, Eric Edsinger-Gonzales, Pedro Gallardo, Charles Le Pabic, Cristina Pascual, Katina Roumbedakis, James Wood

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Abstract

A recent revival in using cephalopods as experimental animals has rekindled interest in their biology and life cycles, information with direct applications also in the rapidly growing ornamental aquarium species trade and in commercial aquaculture production for human consumption. Cephalopods have high rates of growth and food conversion, which for aquaculture translates into short culture cycles, high ratios of production to biomass and high cost-effectiveness.However, at present, only small-scale culture is possible and only for a few species: the cuttlefish Sepia officinalis, the loliginid squid Sepioteuthis lessoniana and the octopuses Octopus maya and O. vulgaris. These four species are the focus of this chapter, the aims of which are as follows: (1) to provide an overview of the culture requirements of cephalopods, (2) to highlight the physical and nutritional requirements at each phase of the life cycle regarded as essential for successful full-scale culture and (3) to identify current limitations and the topics on which further research is required.Knowledge of cephalopod culture methods is advanced, but commercialization is still constrained by the highly selective feeding habits of cephalopods and their requirement for large quantities of high-quality (preferably live) feed, particularly in the early stages of development. Future research should focus on problems related to the consistent production of viable numbers of juveniles, the resolution of which requires a better understanding of nutrition at all phases of the life cycle and better broodstock management, particularly regarding developments in genetic selection, control of reproduction and quality of eggs and offspring.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Marine Biology
PublisherAcademic Press
Pages1-98
Number of pages98
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameAdvances in Marine Biology
Volume67
ISSN (Print)0065-2881

Keywords

  • Aquaculture
  • Broodstock
  • Cephalopod
  • Digestive physiology
  • Embryonic development
  • Experimental model
  • Grow-out
  • Nutrition
  • Octopus maya
  • Octopus vulgaris
  • Paralarvae
  • Sepia officinalis
  • Sepioteuthis lessoniana
  • Water quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science

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