Atlas of Crustacean Larvae by Joel W Martin,Jørgen Olesen,Jens T Høeg

By Joel W Martin,Jørgen Olesen,Jens T Høeg

Crustaceans—familiar to the common individual as shrimp, lobsters, crabs, krill, barnacles, and their many relatives—are simply the most very important and numerous teams of marine lifestyles. Poorly understood, they're one of the such a lot a variety of invertebrates on the earth. so much crustaceans commence lifestyles as eggs and go through quite a few morphological stages sooner than adulthood. In Atlas of Crustacean Larvae, greater than forty five of the world's top crustacean researchers clarify and illustrate the wonder and complexity of the numerous larval existence stages.

Revealing shapes which are similar to extraterrestrial beings from different worlds—often with weird and wonderful ameliorations for a planktonic lifestyles or for parasitization, together with (in a few situations) bulging eyes, huge, immense spines, and aids for flotation and swimming—the ample illustrations and pictures exhibit the aspect of every morphological degree and make allowance for fast comparisons. the variety is straight away obvious within the illustrations: spikes that deter predators happen on a few larvae, whereas others undergo precise specializations no longer noticeable somewhere else, and nonetheless others look as miniature types of the adults. Small changes in anatomy are proven to be suited for the behaviors and survival mechanisms of every species.

Destined to develop into a key reference for experts and scholars and a precious ebook for someone who needs to appreciate "the invertebrate spine of marine ecosystems," Atlas of Crustacean Larvae belongs at the shelf of each critical marine biologist.

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