Marine Decapod Crustacea of Southern Australia: A Guide to Identification
Winner of the 2005 Whitley Award for Systematics
This book is a comprehensive guide to the identification of 800 species of decapod and stomatopod crustaceans from southern Australian marine waters. It is liberally illustrated with more than 1000 line drawings giving good views of many species as well as diagnostic illustrations. Details for each species include the authority, year of description, sometimes a common name, diagnosis, size, geographical distribution, and ecological and depth distribution. The chapter on the Stomatopoda is by Shane Ahyong.
Sections within each chapter are hierarchical, species within genera, within families (often with subfamilies as well). Identification is achieved through the use of dichotomous keys adapted from many originally published in the primary literature, or developed from scratch. Some keys are to all Australian taxa but most are to southern Australian taxa only.
The information in this book derives from over 200 years of collecting in southern Australian environments, from the intertidal to the deep sea, and publications in numerous journals in several languages. More than 800 of these papers and books are cited. This is the only available single text for identifying crustacean species in any part of Australia.
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Dendrobranchiata prawns and midwater shrimps
Stenopodidea coral shrimps and Venus shrimps
Polychelida deepsea lobsters
Astacidea scampi and crayfish
Thalassinidea ghost shrimps and sponge shrimps
Achelata rock lobsters and bugs
Anomura hermit crabs porcelain crabs and squat lobsters
Twentyfive common crabs
Spider crabs and decorator crabs common in shallowwater
Stomatopoda mantis shrimps
Abdominal somite Ahyong Alpheus angle Anomura antennal antennule anteriorly anterolateral margin anterolateral spine anterolateral teeth Basal antennal article Brachyura branchial carapace Caridea caridean carina carpus chela cheliped convex coral Crustacea dactylus Davie Decapoda depth Diagnosis distal dorsal teeth elongate epipods exopod eyestalks female fingers flagellum flattened front frontal genera genus gonopod granules Griffin groove Guinot hepatic spine Holthuis Indo-West Pacific inner intercalated spine intertidal ischium Kensley Key to southern Large chela lateral margins lobe lobsters longitudinal Malacostraca margin of carapace Maxilliped median carina merus mesopelagic Milne Edwards notch orbital outer pairs palm palp peduncle Pereopod pleopods posterior margin posterolateral postorbital prawn propodus raptorial claw reef region ridge Rostral spines Rostrum rounded setae shallow shrimps slender smooth southern Australia southern Australian species spinose sternite subfamily submedian subtidal supraorbital Telson Thalassinidea thoracic somite tooth transverse triangular tropical tubercles unarmed upper margin Uropodal ventral teeth walking legs Zealand Zoology