447 pages, 74 colour & 21 b/w illustrations
A Global Overview of the Conservation of Freshwater Decapod Crustaceans introduces updated information on conservation issues, providing an overview of what is needed to advance the global conservation of freshwater decapods such as freshwater crabs, crayfish, and shrimps.
Biodiversity loss in general is highest in organisms that depend on intact freshwater habitats, because freshwater ecosystems worldwide are suffering intense threats from multiple sources. Our understanding of the number and location of threatened species of decapods, and of the nature of their extinction threats has improved greatly in recent years, and has enabled the development of species conservation strategies.
A Global Overview of the Conservation of Freshwater Decapod Crustaceans focuses on saving threatened species from extinction, and emphasizes the importance of the successful implementation of conservation action plans through cooperation between scientists, conservationists, educators, funding agencies, policy makers, and conservation agencies.
1. Global diversity and conservation of freshwater crabs (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura)
2. A Remarkable Anomuran: The taxon Aegla Leach, 1820. Taxonomic remarks, distribution, biology, diversity and conservation
3. Global diversity and conservation of freshwater crayfish (Crustacea: Decapoda: Astacoidea)
4. A brief history of freshwater crab research
5. Adaptation to life in fresh water by decapod crustaceans: evolutionary challenges in the early life-history stages
6. Direct development and posthatching brood care as key features of the evolution of freshwater Decapoda and challenges for conservation
7. Freshwater shrimps (Atyidae, Palaemonidae, Typhlocarididae) in the broader Mediterranean region: distribution, life strategies, threats, conservation challenges and taxonomic issues
8. Freshwater decapod diversity and conservation in Mexico
9. Freshwater decapod diversity and conservation in Central America and the Caribbean
10. Diversity, distribution and conservation of freshwater crabs and shrimps in South America
11. Biotechnology, biocontrol and conservation: potential approaches - harnessing RNAi-based sex-differentiation manipulations in decapods
12. Quantitative habitat models for the conservation of the endangered European crayfish Austropotamobius pallipes complex (Astacoidea: Astacidae)
13. Conservation First: Strategic planning to save the critically endangered Singapore freshwater crab, Johora singaporensis (Crustacea: Brachyura: Decapoda: Potamidae)
14. Biodiversity assessment of freshwater shrimps and crabs in the Nee Soon Swamp Forest, Singapore
15. Concluding remarks about freshwater decapod conservation
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