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Hello all!

Does anyone know if octopuses have colorvision or do the only see b/w?

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From what I've heard, they're colorblind. That's supposed to be why their clor change repetoire is so amazing.
 

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We're not too sure, but we think that they see colours in different shades of grey, to match they put on the same colours as what they see. But its a theory and we're not 100% sure.
 

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I believe I saw a reference to a recent investigation showing that octopuses could distinguish between blue and pink.

At any rate, I think we'll be hearing more about this - there has to be some way they can match colors around them so well, and grays won't do it! Those of you who have kept octopuses know that they can disappear by matching the rock around them, even when it's colorful with coralline algae.

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I am by no means a science major, but if I remember correctly from my days in Bio 1 and Bio 2, an Octopus's/Squid's eyes are just as complex as the human eye. Based on that, we do know for sure that their eyes are light sensitive and are definitely able to see in black and white. And if I'm know mistaken, they are only able to change to colors because they see on a gray scale. But nobody knows everything...

If I'm wrong about this, let me know!
Ciao!
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nocolor

Octopus eyes can only see in black and white, at least thats what I've heard. They do, however, have pretty good night vision. And I believe they have some sort of sensors that work with the chromataphores. :?:
 

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Re: nocolor

Architeuthis said:
Octopus eyes can only see in black and white, at least thats what I've heard. They do, however, have pretty good night vision. And I believe they have some sort of sensors that work with the chromataphores. :?:
I have also read/seen the claim that cephalopods can only see in black and white, although I haven't heard of any "sensors that work with the cromataphores"; I know that cuttlefish use their eyesight to match the environment-- blind cuttlefish lose their camouflage abilities. There is some TV show that demonstrates that they can only match the texture, rather than the color, when put in a tank with garish yellow and blue goldfish-bowl rocks.

More for the vision thread, though, it has been shown that octopi, at least, can see polarization of light... if I remember right, there were also experiments that showed that they could distinguish between horizontal and vertical lines ( - | ) but not left-diagonal and right-diagonal ( / \ ).
 

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