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Atlas of Crabs of the Persian Gulf

Flora / FaunaIdentification Key

By: Reza Naderloo(Author), Rancho Palos Verdes(Foreword By), Peter KL Ng(Foreword By)

440 pages, 372 colour photos, 63 b/w line drawings, colour distribution maps


Hardback | Sep 2017 | #234263 | ISBN-13: 9783319493725
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This illustrated atlas describes 256 extant brachyuran crab species in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Identification keys are provided for 37 brachyuran families, 142 genera and 256 species on the basis of their main synapomorphies. Brief but precise descriptions highlighting the main characteristics are also provided for every family.

Atlas of Crabs of the Persian Gulf displays features high-quality colour photos, offering a hands-on guide and equipping readers to readily identify crab species in the region. Importantly, a line drawing of the first male gonopod, as well as its main diagnostic characteristics, are provided for all species. Further, every species is supplemented with synonymies that encompass the original descriptions, overall revision of the given taxa, monographs and all records from the northwestern Indian Ocean including the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

For each species, Atlas of Crabs of the Persian Gulf provides detailed local and global distribution maps, together with important ecological data including habitat preference. Further, it includes a general introduction to the brachyuran crabs with schematic drawings of their external morphology, as well as a comprehensive introduction to the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman as marine ecoregions (geography, hydrology, biology, and environmental condition).

Atlas of Crabs of the Persian Gulf offers an indispensable guide for all professionals, researchers, and students interested in brachyuran crabs around the globe and particularly in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.


Part I - Section Pdotremata Guinot, 1977
- 1. Family Dromiidae De Haan, 1833 (sponge crabs)

Part II - Section Eubrachyura, Subsection Heterotremata
- 2. Family Calappidae De Haan, 1833 (box crabs, shame-faced crabs)
- 3. Family Matutidae De Haan, 1835 (moon crabs)
- 4. Family Carpiliidae Ortmann, 1893 (coral crabs)
- 5. Family Corystidae Samoulle, 1819
- 6. Family Dorippidae MacLeay, 1838 (porter crabs)
- 7. Family Eriphiidae MacLeay, 1838 (stone crabs)
- 7. Family Menippidae Ortmann, 1893 (stone crabs)
- 8. Family Oziidae Dana, 1851 (forceps crabs)
- 9. Family Euryplacidae Stimpson, 1871
- 10. Family Goneplacidae MacLeay, 1838
- 11. Family Iphiculidae Alcock, 1896
- 12. Family Leucosiidae Samouelle, 1819 (pebble crabs)
- 13. Family Hymenosomatidae MacLeay, 1838 (spider crabs)
- 14. Family Epialtidae MacLeay, 1838 (spider crabs, decorator crabs)
- 15. Family Inachidae MacLeay, 1838 (spider crabs, decorator crabs)
- 16. Family Majidae Samouelle, 1819 (spider crabs, decorator crabs)
- 17. Family Parthenopidae MacLeay, 1938 (elbow crabs)
- 18. Family Portunidae Rafinesque, 1815 (swimming crabs)
- 19. Family Xanthidae MacLeay, 1838 (rubble crabs, stone crabs, rock crabs)
- 20. Family Pseudoziidae Alcock, 1898 (stone crabs)
- 21. Family Tetraliidae Castro, Ng and Ahyong, 2004 (coral crabs)
- 22. Family Trapeziidae Miers, 1886 (coral crabs)
- 23 Family Galenidae Alcock, 1898
- 24. Family Pilumnidae Samouelle, 1819 (hairy crabs)
- 25. Family Hexapodidae Miers, 1886 (six-legged crabs)
- 26. Family Xenophthalmidae Stimpson, 1858
- 27. Family Palicidae Bouvier, 1898 (stilt crabs)

Part III - Section Eubrachyura, Subsection Thoracotremata Guinot, 1977
- 28. Family Grapsidae MacLeay, 1838 (shore crabs, talon crabs)
- 29. Family Sesarmidae Dana, 1851 (marsh crabs)
- 30. Family Varunidae H. Milne Edwards, 1853
- 31. Family Plagusiidae Dana, 1851 (rafting crabs)
- 32. Family Camptandriidae Stimpson, 1858
- 33. Family Dotillidae Stimpson, 1858 (soldier crabs)
- 34. Family Macrophthalmidae Dana, 1851 (sentinel crabs)
- 35. Family Ocypodidae Rafinesque, 1815 (ghost crabs, fiddler crabs)
- 36. Family Pinnotheridae De Haan, 1833 (pea crabs)

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Reza Naderloo completed his undergraduate studies in marine biology at Gorgan University in 2002. He received his MSc in Animal Biosystematics from the University of Tehran in 2005. His research focused on the crabs of the Persian Gulf, and became the foundation for subsequent research that put him in touch with two of the most famous crab specialists in the region, Michael Turkay and Michael Apel. In 2007 he then started a PhD program at Frankfurt University, and a year later was awarded a scholarship from the DAAD. Reza Naderloo has published over 40 scientific papers.

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