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The Malacostraca, a very large class of Crustacea, is being dealt with in four volumes in the Zoological Catalogue of Australia series. This volume covers the commercially important shrimps, prawns, lobsters and yabbies, listing over 1200 species known from Australian waters (including Australian Territorial waters).
The volume opens with a general introduction to the Malacostraca, giving an historical overview of the work on this group. The Catalogue then summarises the baseline data on nomenclature and taxonomy of all Phyllocarida, Hoplocarida and Eucarida (with the exception of crabs, hermit crabs and their allies). For each family there is a brief introduction and diagnosis, then Australian species are cited by name and original references are given.
This is a timely listing of all known taxa for this economically significant group: it assembles the baseline data; it highlights gaps and areas of confusion; and it identifies groups requiring attention. As such, it is an important text for fisheries workers and managers, environmental consultants and researchers specialising in crustacea.
Provides the quality, detailed information on taxonomy and nomenclature that researchers have come to expect from the award-winning Zoological Catalogue of Australia series.
Gives details for each species on synonymy, location and status of type material, a brief summary of geographical distribution and ecological attributes, and key references.
Includes comprehensive bibliographic information, and clarifies a number of problematic dates of publication of names.
Invertebrate taxonomists specialising in crustacea, ecologists and environmental consultants, aquaculture research workers, fisheries managers.
Peter Davie is Senior Curator of Crustacea at the Queensland Museum, Brisbane and a past-president of the Australian Marine Conservation Society. He has written nearly 60 scientific papers and has co-edited and contributed to a number of books. His research is currently centred on the taxonomy and classification of mangrove and other intertidal crabs.