Has Octopus vulgaris a second radula?
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 187, Issue 3, pages 291–296, March 1979
How to Cite
Nixon, M. (1979), Has Octopus vulgaris a second radula?. Journal of Zoology, 187: 291–296. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1979.tb03370.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 11 July 1978
Octopus vulgaris drills shelled molluscs and measurements showed the radula to be too large to reach into the depths of the holes made. Small teeth were found on the salivary papilla and its seems likely that these are used for excavating the deeper parts of the holes and penetration of the shell.