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The Curious Life of Krill: A Conservation Story from the Bottom of the WorldArtist/Author: Nicol, Stephen
An eminent krill scientist takes us on a journey through the dark, icy world of krill.
Krill. It’s a familiar word that conjures oceans, whales, and swimming crustaceans. Scientists say they are one of most abundant animals on the planet. But few can accurately describe krill or explain their ecological importance. Eminent krill scientist Stephen Nicol wants us to know more about these enigmatic creatures and how we can protect them as Antarctic ice melts. This engaging account takes us to the Southern Ocean to learn firsthand the difficulties and rewards of studying krill in their habitat. From his early education about the sex lives of krill in the Bay of Fundy to a krill tattoo gone awry, Nicol uses humor and personal stories to bring the biology and beauty of krill to life.
Green Guide: Seashells and Other Marine Molluscs of AustraliaArtist/Author: Marsh, Nigel
This new title in New Holland’s award-winning Green Guides series investigates the ever-popular subject of Australia’s seashells and other marine molluscs, including squid, cuttlefish, octopus and ridiculously colourful nudibranchs. The structure of this book is similar to that of other titles in the series. Fact panels cover interesting aspects of the subject, including what these critters eat, where they live, how they reproduce, and why certain species pack a very poisonous punch, with some of the strongest toxins known in the animal kingdom. Meanwhile, identification spreads cover all the key species and families which occur around Australia, including the likes of cowries, cone shells, murex shells, giant cuttlefish, pyjama squid and blue-ringed octopus. The many beautiful images are taken from the author’s own collection, which has been built up over many decades, making it an entertaining and enlightening read for everyone.
Atlas of Crustacean LarvaeArtist/Author: Martin, Joel W., Jorgen Olesen and Jens Hoeg, editors.
Crustaceans, familiar to the average person as shrimp, lobsters, crabs, krill, barnacles, and their many relatives, are easily one of the most important and diverse groups of marine life forms. Poorly understood, they are among the most numerous invertebrates on earth. Most crustaceans start life as eggs and move through a variety of morphological phases prior to maturity. In this book, more than 45 of the world’s leading crustacean researchers explain and illustrate the beauty and complexity of the many larval life stages. Revealing shapes that are reminiscent of aliens from other worlds, often with bizarre modifications for a planktonic life or for parasitization, including (in some cases) bulging eyes, enormous spines, and aids for flotation and swimming, the abundant illustrations and photographs show the detail of each morphological stage and allow for quick comparisons. The diversity is immediately apparent in the illustrations: spikes that deter predators occur on some larvae, while others bear unique specializations not seen elsewhere, and still others appear as miniature versions of the adults. Small differences in anatomy are shown to be suited to the behaviours and survival mechanisms of each species.
King Crabs of the World: Biology and Fisheries ManagementArtist/Author: Stevens, Bradley G., editor.
This book is the first comprehensive reference that discusses King crab systematics, anatomy, biology, life history, behaviour, and fisheries management, bringing together published information from scattered sources, including data from national reports that are difficult to access and are not in English. The text also includes a treasure trove of original data and underwater photographs that have never been published. This book consolidates extensive professional knowledge into a single volume that will serve as a basis for education and research for many decades to come.
Walking Sideways: The Remarkable World of CrabsArtist/Author: Weis, Judith S.
The world’s nearly 7,000 species of crabs are immediately recognizable by their claws, sideways movement, stalked eyes, and thick outer shells. These common crustaceans are found internationally, thriving in various habitats from the edge of the sea to the depths of the ocean, in fresh water or on land. Despite having the same basic body type as decapod crustaceans—true crabs have heavy exoskeletons and ten limbs with front pincer claws—crabs come in an enormous variety of shapes and sizes, from the near microscopic to the giant Japanese spider crab.
In Walking Sideways, Judith S. Weis provides an engaging and informative tour of the remarkable world of crabs, highlighting their unique biology and natural history. She introduces us to recently discovered crabs such as the Yeti crab found in deep sea vents, explains what scientists are learning about blue and hermit crabs commonly found at the shore, and gives us insight into the lifecycles of the king and Dungeness crabs typically seen only on dinner plates. Among the topics Weis covers are the evolution and classification of crabs, their habitats, unique adaptations to water and land, reproduction and development, behavior, ecology, and threats, including up-to-date research.
Crabs are of special interest to biologists for their communication behaviors, sexual dimorphism, and use of chemical stimuli and touch receptors, and Weis explains the importance of new scientific discoveries. In addition to the traditional ten-legged crabs, the book also treats those that appear eight-legged, including hermit crabs, king crabs, and sand crabs. Sidebars address topics of special interest, such as the relationship of lobsters to crabs and medical uses of compounds derived from horseshoe crabs (which aren’t really crabs).
While Weis emphasizes conservation and the threats that crabs face, she also addresses the use of crabs as food (detailing how crabs are caught and cooked) and their commercial value from fisheries and aquaculture. She highlights other interactions between crabs and people, including keeping hermit crabs as pets or studying marine species in the laboratory and field. Reminding us of characters such as The Little Mermaid’s Sebastian and Sherman Lagoon’s Hawthorne, she also surveys the role of crabs in literature (for both children and adults), film, and television, as well in mythology and astrology. With illustrations that offer delightful visual evidence of crab diversity and their unique behaviors, Walking Sideways will appeal to anyone who has encountered these fascinating animals on the beach, at an aquarium, or in the kitchen.
A Guide to Australia’s Spiny Freshwater CrayfishArtist/Author: McCormack, Robert B.
Euastacus crayfish, often referred to as ‘spiny crayfish’ for the impressive arrays of spines on their hard armoured shells, are the largest of the 10 genera of Australian freshwater crayfish. This book discusses all 50 species known in Australia, from the iconic Giant Murray lobster that is fished by recreational fishers, to the exceedingly rare Euastacus maidae. These uniquely Australian species range from Cooktown in far north Queensland to Wilson’s Promontory in Victoria. The book discusses basic crayfish anatomy, moulting and growth, morphology, breeding, threats and diseases. It includes colour photographs for each species, as well as a glossary and further reading list.
Guide to the freshwater crustacea of New Zealand.Artist/Author: Chapman, M. A., M.H. Lewis, and Michael Winterbourn.
A comprehensive update of the classic volume Introduction to the freshwater Crustacea of New Zealand by Chapman and Lewis (1976). In the intervening 35 years there have been many advances in the systematics of crustaceans leading in many instances to the introduction of new names, and our knowledge of freshwater crustacean biology and ecology has increased substantially. The new book follows a similar format to its predecessor, uses some of the same text, and many of the original figures. However, most of the text and identification keys have been rewritten to accommodate advances in knowledge, and many new line drawings and colour images are included. Each chapter has its own set of references to help users access the relevant literature. Accounts of the Copepoda, Syncarida, and Amphipoda, in particular, contain much new material, and information on the remarkable subterranean and ‘terrestrial’ crustacean faunas is incorporated. The book is intended to be a source of information and a guide to the identification of our inland crustacean fauna that can be used by students, teachers, research workers, and other environmental scientists.
Advances in the taxonomy and biogeography of crustacea in the Southern Hemisphere.Artist/Author: Bruce, N.
ZooKeys No. 18. This is the first issue of ZooKeys devoted to taxonomy of the Crustacea, specifically crustaceans from the Southern Hemisphere, with contributions describing new taxa from Australia, New Caledonia, the Tasman Sea, Fiji, Madagascar and Antarctica. The issue comprises six papers on the Peracarida, and one each on Decapoda and Spinicaudata, describing four new genera, 12 new species, and new diagnoses to a further four genera. The first occurrence of the Eurasian clam shrimp Eoleptestheria ticinensis in Australia, is reported. There are three isopod contributions, two describing new species and new genera of deep-water Serolidae from Australia and the tropical southwestern Pacific, the third describing a new genus and new species of Anthuroidea from Australian coral reefs. One paper revises the amphipod genus Epimeria describing two species, one new, from Antarctic waters of the Ross and Weddell Seas. Two contributions on the Tanaidacea, describe new species from tropical Australia. The remaining paper describes a new species of freshwater crab (Family Potamonautidae) from Madagascar.
Shrimps, Prawns and LobstersArtist/Author: Poore, Gary C.B.
For most of us, shrimps, prawns and lobsters immediately brings to mind something edible and tasty and many are small inconspicuous inhabitants living on our shores and in shallow water.
This guide includes a description of each animal accompanied by a colour photograph with information about each animals behaviour, diversity and ecology. The endmatter includes both a scientific and common name index, further references and a glossary.
Other titles in the series include An Introduction to Marine Life: Crabs, Hermit Crabs and Allies, Barnacles and Sponges (Stock ID 11770)
Barnacles.Artist/Author: Poore, Gary C. B.
This guide covers barnacles of mainly south-eastern Australia and begins with information about their biology, habitats and diversity. A description of each animal is accompanied by a colour photograph. A key is also provided for easier identification of common barnacles, with some of the more rare and less visible animals related to barnacles. The end matter includes both a scientific and common name index, further references and a glossary.
The secret life of lobsters: how fishermen and scientists are unraveling the mysteries of our favorite crustacean.Artist/Author: Corson, Trevor.
A narrative written by a one-time Maine lobsterman relates how lobsters socialize, mate, fight for dominance, and navigate their way across the ocean floor.
Crabs, hermit crabs and allies.Artist/Author: Poore, Gary C. B.
Looks at the natural history of crabs, hermit crabs and their close relatives. The species covered are those found in shallow waters, on shores and reefs on the coastline of southeastern Australia, with an emaphasis on the coastline of Victoria. Species descriptions are accompanied by colour photographs and detailed drawings for easy recognition.