Remarkable Shrimps: Adaptations and Natural History of the Carideans

Remarkable Shrimps: Adaptations and Natural History of the Carideans

by Raymond T. Bauer
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University of Oklahoma Press

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Remarkable Shrimps: Adaptations and Natural History of the Carideans

In Remarkable Shrimps, Raymond T. Bauer explores the evolution, natural history, biological diversity, and commercial importance of caridean shrimps—a fascinating and colorful group of aquatic organisms that inhabit freshwater and marine environments from the tropics to the poles.

The biological diversity of carideans encompasses a remarkable array of adaptations in body form and function, coloration, breeding biology, and mating behavior. Carideans’ important grooming and antifouling adaptations are examined in detail, and Bauer discusses the structural basis of their coloration, the role of color change in concealment, and other forms of camouflage. Reproductive biology and sexual systems, including hermaphroditism and sex change, are reviewed, and Bauer provides evidence for sex pheromones in the attraction of males to females. Seasonal, latitudinal, and depth variation in life history patterns are also analyzed.

The symbiotic relationships of shrimps with invertebrates such as corals, sea anemones, and sea urchins and also with fishes are fascinating phenomena of marine ecosystems. Different views on the ancestry and evolutionary history of carideans are evaluated as a stimulus for further work. The status of caridean fisheries and aquaculture is appraised, and shrimp productivity is explained in terms of life history adaptations.

Profiling each of the nearly thirty families of caridean shrimps, Bauer writes in an informal style that is nevertheless rich with precise and useful references. Over one hundred figures and 11 plates with 70 color and half-tone photographs accompany the text.

Extensive fieldwork is showcased in life history studies on shrimps, employing both behavioral observations using time-lapse video and experimental work to test hypotheses on mating strategies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780806135557
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Series: Animal Natural History Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Platesviii
List of Figuresix
List of Tablesxiii
Chapter 1What Is a Caridean Shrimp?3
Chapter 2Form and Function15
Chapter 3Family Profiles36
Chapter 4Antifouling Adaptations: Grooming Morphology and Behavior77
Chapter 5Coloration and Color Patterns95
Chapter 6Reproductive Biology111
Chapter 7Mating Systems137
Chapter 8Life Histories156
Chapter 9Symbioses179
Chapter 10Evolutionary History of the Caridea204
Chapter 11Fisheries and Aquaculture220
Appendix ANumbered Characters Used in Figure 10.3, from Chace's 1992 Key to Families241
Appendix BDescription of Numbered Characters Shown in Figure 10.5, from Christoffersen 1990244
Caridean Taxonomic Index273
General Index279

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