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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. Volume 19.3B covers more than 1200 species of Australian crabs (Brachyura) and related groups such as hermit crabs, porcelain crabs, squat lobsters, mole crabs, and their ilk (Anomura). It is the first such attempt to list the Australian fauna since 1882.
All taxonomic groups down to families and subfamilies are fully diagnosed, and the latest literature discussing their status is reviewed and summarised, including genetic and larval studies where available. Full taxonomic information is provided for each species, listing the original literature as well as museum data on the original type specimens.
As much of the fauna is widespread beyond Australian shores, each species' listing indicates broad distributions both inside and outside Australian waters. Where possible, a short summary of known ecological data is given and there are references to key works that help identify the fauna at all taxonomic levels.
Outlines distribution of species both inside and outside of Australian waters, and hence is widely applicable to nations bordering the Indian and Pacific oceans.
Covers some 55 families, just under 450 genera and over 1200 valid species.
Invertebrate taxonomists specialising in crustacea, marine 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.