Preface. 1: Systematics, Phylogeny and Biogeography. Phylogeny of decapods: moving towards a consensus; F.R. Schram. Notes on the position of the true freshwater crabs within the Brachyrhynchan Eubrachyura (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura); R.V. Sternberg, N. Cumberlidge. Molecular phylogeny of the crab genus (Brachyura: Varunidae) based on the 16S rRNA gene; C.D. Schubart, et al. A new genus in the Upogebidae and rediagnosis of its close relative, Gebiacantha Ngoc-Ho, 1989 (Crustacea: Decapoda: Thalassinidea); N. Ngoc-Ho. Recent samples of mainly rare decapod Crustacea taken from the deep-sea floor of the southern West Europe Basin; L. Tiefenbacher. Data on the family Pandalidae around the Canary Islands, with first record of Plesionika antigai (Caridea); J.A. Gonzalez, et al. Crustacea Decapoda of Paripe River Estuary, Pernambuco, Brazil; M.A. Coelho dos Santos, P.A. Coelho. Decapod fauna of intertidal habitats on Socotra Island, Yemen; F. Simoes, et al. The crab species found on the coasts of Gokceada (Imbroz) Island in the Aegean Sea; H. Balkis, et al. Evidence of paraphyly in the neotropical Porcellanid genus Neopisosoma (Crustacea: Anomura: Porcellanidae) based on molecular characters; B. Werding, et al. 2: Growth Morphology and Development. Growth in Crustacea -- twenty years on; R.G. Hartnoll. Sex-related variability of rostrum morphometry of Aristeus antennatus (Decapoda: Aristeidae) from the Ionian Sea (Eastern Mediterranean, Greece); K. Kapiris, M. Thessalou-Legaki. Influence of diet on sex differentiation of Hippolyte inermis Leach (Decapoda: Natantia) in the field; V. Zupo. Combined effects of temperature and salinity on the larval development of the estuarine mud prawn Upogebia africana (Decapoda, Thalassinidea); J. Paula, et al. Mitotic and meiotic chromosomes of the American lobster Homarus americanus (Nephropidae, Decapoda); E. Coluccia, et al. 3: Ecology and Behaviour. Larval abundance and recruitment of Carcinus maenas L. close to its southern geographical limit: a case of match and mismatch; M. Sprung. Choice of prey size and species in Carcinus maenas (L.) feeding on four bivalves of contrasting shell morphology; M. Mascaro, R. Seed. Intertidal distribution and species composition of brachyuran crabs at two rocky shores in central Portugal; A.V.V. Flores, J. Paula. Morphometric comparison between Mediterranean and Atlantic populations of Pontophilus norvegicus (Decapoda, Crangonidae); S. De Grave, D. Diaz. Notes on the distribution and biology of the deep-sea crab Bathynectes maravigna (Brachyura: Portunidae) in the Mediterranean Sea; P. Abello, et al. Notes on the biology of Cancer bellianus (Brachyura, Cancridae) around the Canary islands; J.A. Quiles, et al. Comparative suitability of binocular observation, burrow counting and excavation for the quantification of the mangrove fiddler crab Uca annulipes (H. Milne Edwards); M.W. Skov, R.G. Hartnoll. A comparison of alternative methods for estimating population density of the fiddler crab Uca annulipes at Saco mangrove, Inhaca Island (Mozambique); A. Macia, et al. Aspects of the population dynamics of Neosarmatium meinerti at Mgazana, a warm temperate mangrove swamp in the East Cape, South Africa, investigated using an indirect method; W.D. Emmerson. Seasonal abundance and recruitment in an estuarine population of mud crabs, Scylla paramamosain, in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam; L. Le Vay, et al. Major claws make male fiddler crabs more conspicuous to visual predators: a test using human observers; J.M. Jordao, R.F. Oliveira. Feeding activity of Callinectes omatus Ordway, 1863 and Callinectes danae Smith, 1869 (Crustacea, Brachyura, Portunidae) in Ubatuba, SP, Brazil; A.L.D. Reigada, M.L. Negreiros-Fransozo. 4: Reproduction. A histochemical and ultrastructural study of oogenesis in Aristaeomorpha foliacea (Risso, 1827); S. Desantis, et al. Prevalence of bacteria in the spermathecae of female snow crab, Chionoecetes opilio (Brachyura: Majidae); K. Benhalima, M. Moriyasu. 5: Fisheries and Culture. Discards of the Algarve (Southern Portugal) crustacean trawl fishery; P. Monteiro, et al. Effect of codend mesh size on the performance of the deep-water bottom trawl used in the red shrimp fishery in the Strait of Sicily (Mediterranean Sea); S. Ragonese, et al. Protein requirement of the prawn Marsupenaeus japonicus estimated by a factorial method; S. Teshima, et al. The effect of fixatives in the quantification of morphological lipofuscin as an age index in crustaceans; P. Encamacao, M. Castro.