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 some of the most very important and various teams of marine lifestyles. Poorly understood, they're one of the such a lot quite a few invertebrates in the world. so much crustaceans commence existence as eggs and go through quite a few morphological levels ahead of adulthood. In Atlas of Crustacean Larvae, greater than forty five of the world's best crustacean researchers clarify and illustrate the wonder and complexity of the various larval existence stages.

Revealing shapes which are similar to extraterrestrial beings from different worlds—often with extraordinary alterations for a planktonic existence or for parasitization, together with (in a few circumstances) bulging eyes, huge, immense spines, and aids for flotation and swimming—the considerable illustrations and images express the element of every morphological degree and make allowance for fast comparisons. the variety is instantly obvious within the illustrations: spikes that deter predators happen on a few larvae, whereas others endure particular specializations no longer obvious somewhere else, and nonetheless others seem as miniature models of the adults. Small variations in anatomy are proven to be fitted to the behaviors and survival mechanisms of every species.

Destined to turn into a key reference for experts and scholars and a valuable publication for a person who needs to appreciate "the invertebrate spine of marine ecosystems," Atlas of Crustacean Larvae belongs at the shelf of each severe marine biologist.

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