The Biology of Squat Lobsters

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Gary Poore, Shane Ahyong, Joanne Taylor
Csiro Publishing, Dec 5, 2011 - Science - 363 pages
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Squat lobsters of the superfamilies Chirostyloidea and Galatheoidea are highly visible crustaceans on seamounts, continental margins, shelf environments, hydrothermal vents and coral reefs. About 1000 species are known. They frequently feature in deep-sea images taken by submersibles and are caught in large numbers by benthic dredges. Some species are so locally abundant that they form ‘red tides’. Others support a variety of important fisheries. The taxonomy of squat lobsters has been intensively studied over the past few decades, making them one of the best known deepwater crustacean groups. As a result, they have attracted the attention of deep-sea ecologists who use them as proxies to test hypotheses about deepwater ecological processes and biogeography. Interest in squat lobsters now extends much more widely than the taxonomic research community and this work is a timely synthesis of what is known about these animals. The Biology of Squat Lobsters provides keys for identification and reviews the current state of knowledge of the taxonomy, evolution, life history, distribution, ecology and fisheries of squat lobsters. A striking feature of squat lobsters is their vivid coloration, which is revealed in a selection of spectacular images of different species.

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1 Morphology of marine squat lobsters
2 Taxonomy of squat lobsters
3 Phylogeny and fossil record of marine squat lobsters
4 Developmental biology of squat lobsters
5 Worldwide distribution patterns of squat lobsters
6 Ecology physiology feeding and trophic role of squat lobsters
7 Agonistic behaviour and reproductive biology of squat lobsters
8 Squat lobsters as symbionts and in chemoautotrophic environments
9 Parasites and other symbionts of squat lobsters
10 Squat lobster fisheries
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General index
Taxonomic index

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Gary C.B. Poore is one of the world's leading crustacean taxonomists and past president of The Crustacean Society.

Joanne Taylor, the third of ten children, was born in New Glasgow and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She worked with CUSO in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and lived in England for several years. Joanne, her husband, and two daughters all live happily in Halifax.
Susan Tooke is an artist whose repertoire includes painted murals, landscapes, portraits, and digital imaging montages. Ms. Tooke has exhibited her artwork across North America. Her first picture book was "A Seaside Alphabet." Born in New Jersey, Ms. Tooke now lives in Halifax.

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