Communication and Perception
Communication in Stauroteuthis syrtensis has not been observed. The species has large eyes, and is likely sensitive to chemicals and touch.
Stauroteuthis syrtensis are unique among other cirrate octopods in that they have modified suckers that are capable of producing blue-green bioluminescence with a maximum wavelength of 470nm. These modified suckers are unlike other suckers because they are not able to attach. Their use is not well understood, but it is suggested that they may be used to attract prey or be used to attract a mate.
Communication Channels: visual ; tactile ; chemical
Other Communication Modes: photic/bioluminescent
Perception Channels: visual ; tactile ; chemical
- Johnsen, S., E. Balser, E. Fischer, A. Widder. 1999. Bioluminescence in the deep-sea cirrate octopod Stauroteuthis syrtensis Verrill (Mollusca: Cephalopoda). Biological Bulletin, 197(1): 26-39.