256 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour maps
Covering the remarkable life cycle of the largest spiny lobster in existence, this fascinating reference explores the packhorse lobster, one of the most primitive of all crayfish, found off the coasts of northern New Zealand and mideastern Australia. From egg to plate, the chapters cover the taxonomy, ecology, distribution, anatomy, physiology, and behavior of these intriguing creatures. Fishing techniques used to catch them are also investigated, depicting their impact on lobster populations as well as the ways in which they are then processed and marketed. Ideal for both specialists and those with casual interest, this accessible, beautifully illustrated book presents valuable, previously unpublished syntheses that include all the world's spiny lobsters. Essential facts and figures, numerous maps, and detailed tables are also included.
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John Booth is a former shellfish research scientist with New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in Wellington, where he specialized in spiny lobsters. He supports local biodiversity-recovery projects in Northland, has written accounts on various topics of natural history, and has contributed to local and international science journals as well as several books on spiny lobster fisheries, management, and biology.