Does this thread "make your day" (I keep hearing it in Clint's voice!) because of my naivety in thinking editors should check what they publish or because you find it funny that someone who studied zoology would write what he did about the flamboyant cuttlefish?this thread makes my day.
I also asked Bret Grasse who raises flambos at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and he said this:
"Your assumptions are correct. Flamboyant cuttlefish have a single hectocotylus (modified arm) that is completely unrelated to their two feeding tentacles. It is not used in any way during hunting. The hectocotylus looks nearly identical to the other arms except it has a fine grove running along its center laterally. 8 arms 2 feeding tentacles."D Whatley, you made very good points about both the nature of online material and new research.
Now I'm curious to know if the hectocotylus is indeed the left ventral arm or not, I will look at some footage we have here to see if I can tell from that.