Welcome to CephBase

Welcome to the new CEPHBASE and its home within the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL).

CephBase is a repository of data and factual information for the CLASS CEPHALOPODA - squids, octopuses, cuttlefish and nautilus. These remarkable and unique animals are best known to the public for their ability to instantly change color pattern, and for their jet propulsed escape and inking. Cephalopods are keystone species in marine ecosystems, they are important biomedical models for research, and they are the target of substantial fisheries worldwide.

There are more than 800 known species and new ones are being discovered every year. In addition to photos, videos, publications, taxonomic classification and general biology, CephBase maintains a list of researchers who are currently studying many facets of cephalopod science.  

We are all indebted to the original contributors of Cephbase who envisioned its potential, raised funds to support it, and worked to fill its pages with a wide array of information useful to scientists and citizens worldwide (see the History of CephBase).

Enjoy your exploration of these web pages (and their links to other information sources) as they introduce the many fascinating wonders of cephalopods.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith