Crayfish: Evolution, Habitat and Conservation Strategies

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Felipe Bezerra Ribeiro (Editor)
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biologia Animal, Departamento de Zoologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Series: Fish, Fishing and Fisheries
BISAC: SCI039000

Crayfish are one of the most iconic freshwater crustacean groups of the world. The wide range of biological adaptations of the freshwater crayfish to the limnetic ecosystems is surprising, as is there is high potential of some taxa to become invasive species. There is a constant growing interest in develop research with freshwater crayfish. They can be an important food source in several countries, the aquarium pet trade and cultural importance, in addition to the presence of several imperiled species. This book brings important reviews of some aspects of diversity, biological features, evolution, habitat characteristics, behavior and conservation strategies of freshwater crayfish, including native taxa, especially endemic from South America, New Guinea and North America, and non-indigenous species.

In South American, new species have been discovered in recent years and are classified in threat categories, indicating the need of more studies regarding taxonomy and conservation. For New Guinean species, data about their exploitation by humans and further perspectives about the improvement of conservation practices are presented. In relation to the North American crayfish, this book brings information about some aspects of biology and behavior of the burrowing species Procambarus acanthophorus. A global assessment and future perspectives for all alien crayfish species are also presented in this book. Regarding the partenogenetic marbled crayfish, Procambarus virginalis, the book brings an extensive review covering aspects of detection history, biology, ecology, evolution, systematics and utilization of this species in the world. In additon, an overview of integrative taxonomy studies and cryptic diversity in crayfish is also presented
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Preface

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1. Diversity and Conservation Strategies of Freshwater Crayfish in South America: An Update
(Felipe Bezerra Ribeiro, Kelly Martinez Gomes, Augusto Frederico Huber and Tainã Gongalves Loureiro, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biologia Animal, Departamento de Zoologia, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 2. Crayfish of New Guinea: Current Status, Exploitation and Threats
(Jiří Patoka, Department of Zoology and Fisheries, Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources, University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká, Praha, Czech Republic)

Chapter 3. Morphometric and Behavioral Divergence in Procambarus acanthophorus Inhabiting in a Coastal Plain Wetland and a Mountain Pine Forest
(Leonor Mendoza-Vargas, Fabiola Galicia-Mendoza, Gabriel Arriola-Pizano, Elizabeth Guarneros-Bañuelos, Pilar Ortega, Zuly A. Sánchez-Florentino, Santa Rodríguez-Lorenzo, Edgar Flores-Soto, Bettina Sommer, Marcela Valdés-Tovar and Héctor Solís-Chagoyán, Departamento El Hombre y su Ambiente, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Xochimilco, CDMX, México, and others)

Chapter 4. Non-Indigenous Crayfish Species: A Global Assessment and Future Perspectives
(Tainã Golnçalves Loureiro, Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology, Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa)

Chapter 5. Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Utilization of the Parthenogenetic Marbled Crayfish, Procambarus virginalis
(Günter Vogt, Faculty of Biosciences, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany)

Chapter 6. Integrative Taxonomy and Cryptic Diversity in Freshwater Crayfish: An Overview
(Felipe Bezerra Ribeiro, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biologia Animal, Departamento de Zoologia [Laboratório de Carcinologia], Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

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Audience

Scientists working on freshwater crayfish or decapod crustaceans in general, academic professors and students of Biological Sciences, Zoology, Ecology and Fisheries.


Keywords

Burrowing crayfish, Astacology, Parastacoidea, Astacoidea, Taxonomy

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