Dissertation Plan

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  1. Graeme

    Graeme Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    OK guys, this is the plan I've drawn up for my dissertation basedon the Comparative Morphology of Cephalopods. Please lemme know what you think!

    Honours project Plan (draft 1)

    Abstract:
    •Briefly intro the cephalopod (see typed Abstract that was submitted for ideas)
    •Intro my topic; what’s the deal with it!?
    •What I did
    •What I found??

    Introduction:
    •develop previous points
    •give a “brief” history of Cephalopods
    •begin to tie in with subject (see intro document, this will prob be the blueprint!)- current intro will do as basis

    Main Body:
    •The basic anatomy of the Cephalopod, lifestyle and habits, distribution
    •Evolutionary differences
    •Looking at the Records: Possible theories for the evolution of

    1.Squids and Cuttlefishes
    the different families
    habitats
    how this might affect them
    how the suckers work

    2.Octopuses
    families
    habitats
    effect on their lifestyle of habitat
    how the suckers work

    3.Fossil (prehistoric) Cephs
    mostly belemnoids
    hooks

    4.Odd Cases (just briefly describe)
    cirrates esp. Staurotheuthis syrtensis
    vampyromorphs?
    Nautiluses

    Conclusion/Discussion:
    •Compare the morphologies: recapping the differences etc. This will be quite long, and will probably only include one section, bringing all the observations together

    Acknowledgements and Thanks

    References

    I have a few species I will use as "models" as well as (hopefully) a good amount of photos which I have taken!

    Graeme
     
  2. monty

    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    looks pretty good to me. I'm imagining that in the conclusions/discussion part you may want to mention a comparison of possible theories and interpretations... it's often worthwhile to have that in a separate section to delineate "what is known" from "what is guessed."
     
  3. bathypol

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    Wow...that's an Honours project....very impressive...lots of work...

    Good luck with it :)
     
  4. Graeme

    Graeme Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Cool, thanks guys. I appreciate the feedback very much! I sent a copy to my proj convenor and he said to include more about hte suckers otherwise it will be just a comparison of cephs, but the idea was that it was from, a sucker point of view anyway, so it will have more on suckers in there, this is just the very basic skeleton!

    Graeme
     
  5. Phil

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    How long is the dissertation, Graeme?

    If it is 15,000 words or so you'll find those words are used up very quickly indeed. My only (slight) worry is that you've set yourself too much work there, I wonder if you'll spread yourself too thin covering a huge topic.

    Still, I wouldn't listen to me if I was you!
     
  6. Graeme

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    No Phil, you're absolutely right. That IS my worry!! There's not a lot of literature on suckers, so I'm kinda worried I'm gonna have to pad it out a bit...

    Graeme
     
  7. Steve O'Shea

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    I'd probably limit your abstract to what you found, and how you determined this, and do so in a paragraph or two (< 500 words). Your introduction is a more appropriate place for other points.

    The 'what I did' could well be 'Method' (at least how you did it).

    'Brief intro to ceph' is certainly the first intro paragraph in your introduction.

    The 'what I found' is your results, and you discuss the significance of this in your 'discussion'.
     
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    Definitely wish I did something like that. I measured the penis length of dog whelks...
     
  9. Steve O'Shea

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    :confused: For a good reason I hope (TBT/imposex?)
     
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    Really? Were you working on imposex?
     
  11. Graeme

    Graeme Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Actually, there's a thing! Do you have to put the name of the discoverer every time you introduce a new species latin name? for example, when I first use the name Vampyroteuthis infernalis with no abbreviations in the genus name, do I have to also put Chun, eg Vampyroteuthis infernalisChun?? Or can I get away with just putting the species name in? It's not like it's a huge ordeal (I can just pop the species into Cephbase) but I think it looks ugly in a paper and can ruin the flow of the sentence.

    Graeme
     
  12. Architeuthoceras

    Architeuthoceras Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Dont forget the date!

    Author and date always come in handy somewhere down the line :wink:
     
  13. Graeme

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    AARgh! Vampyroteuthis infernalis Chun 1903!? Hmmm, I'm going to have to go through my paper again and add them all in then. Oh well.

    Graeme
     
  14. bathypol

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    Just a little thing, try checking ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System) for the author and dates. I found that they sometimes differ between ITIS and Cephbase.
     
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    Ah! Ok, I'll go and do that too.

    Graeme
     
  16. bathypol

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    Didn't mean to add more work. I just remember having to look up information on Bathypolypus and it got confusing with all the synonyms and so one. I had ITIS recommended to me, so that's what I used.

    Good Luck with it:grin:
     
  17. Graeme

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    cool! Is there a site? www.itis.usda.govThis is it, right? Ta very muckle!

    What do you do when you come across a taxonomic status that's valid and invalid? for example, on the giant squid. There's 2 status entries. Do I just go by the valid one? The one deemed invalid here is the commonly accepted date of discovery, 1857.

    the address is http://www.itis.usda.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt, it wouldn't work as a hyperlink, but if you go to the homepage and type in Architeuthis dux, you'll see what I mean.

    Graeme
     
  18. bathypol

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    Always use the valid name. It gets tricky when there are lots of synonyms, and species have been grouped together or separated out... but in the case of Architeuthis, it says that Steenstrup 1956 had the name mispelled in the literature. Plus the valid name still acknowledges Steenstrup. So that should be good.

    sorry for not listing the website....totally forgot :oops: :octopus:
     
  19. Graeme

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    One thing... This is really stupid, does anyone have the diameter of the suckers od lesser flying squid, Todaropsis eblanae?? Even just diameter of one tentacle sucker and one arm sucker! I took pics and sketches ages ago but i did the worst thing posible; sacrilege- forgot to take measurements!! I suppose I need a good clip across the ear for that! How the hell did I forget to do that!?

    Graeme
     
  20. Architeuthoceras

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    Fantastic for extant taxa, now when is someone or some institution going to do that for fossil taxa :grin:
     

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