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Agonistic Behavior in Nautilus

gjbarord

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I was not sure where to post this so here goes... Has anyone read about courtship, or agonistic behaviors, in Nautilus pompilius. I have witnessed some interesting behavior in our captive nautilus. The behaviors I saw seemed to be some sort of courtship behavior as the nautilus are believed to be maturing at this point.

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How about some video, or at some description of the behaviours you witnessed? Would video be possible?
(Not that I would have any thing intelligent to say about it anyway, but there are those here who could). :wink:
 

Opcn

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Nautilus live in cold water as you know but they move to warm waters to breed.
 

robyn

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I've definitely seen captive animals have chunks taken out of their hoods and funnels during food contests, although I've never witnessed non-food related aggression, and ours don't show breeding behaviour at all (probably because they're on a constant temperature regime). I'm curious to hear more too.

The Waikiki Aquarium has bred nautilus successfully, I have an email address for one of the keepers..pm me if you want it.

Robyn,
 

gjbarord

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Our collection is kept at a constant temperature of about 17 C. There has been egg laying in the past even with the colder temperatures; nothing successful though. I do know that nautilus will copulate for hours and hours (and even more hours). I spoke to a colleague at Waikiki and he had not witnessed any of these behaviors either. That seems to be the answer I am getting from everyone. I will definitely get some photographs and possible video up as soon as I get my bearings on all of the facts. I want to observe them a few more times to be sure that this is not a one time occurrence. I have observed it twice so far.

Water parameters are all normal and there do not seem to be any other signs of health problems with the specimens.

And no you will not have to wait for the publication, but if there is one I want to be sure I have everything lined up very quickly for it. You can never be too careful...:biggrin2:

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The Waikiki Aquarium cycled the temperature in the Nautilus tanks daily. Also the tanks where most of the egg laying occurred (at least when I was there...) were ag-containers with an opaque lid. In other words, unless it was feeding time, the Nautilus were in darkness and unobservable. The Waikiki Aquarium has behind-the-scenes containers with Nautilus and then a few Nautilus on display.
 
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Greg, if you're seriously thinking publication be careful about how much you post here first. Not that we don't want to be in on everything from the beginning, but you know how publishers can be.
 

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Hmm - thinking about what cuttlegirl said - our tanks are in darkness 24/7 too, and they're observed very infrequently by anyone other than ourselves (which we usually do in darkness), so its possible there has been some reproductive behaviour going on but we've been missing it. I've never had any eggs laid though.
 

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Total darkness, or with red light? I've always been wary of total darkness; I don't think it is absolutely necessary (but I have no experience with Nautilus) - and neither have I found red light all that beneficial either (but at least it lets you see them).

As a complete aside, if anyone has a dead, preserved Nautilus (animal) then I'd do a jolly good swap for it!
 

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