427 pages, Col plates, 50 col & 100 line illus
This crab comes ashore on the East Coast in vast numbers to mate and nest. This volume brings together 20 scientists who have worked on all aspects of horseshoe crab biology in the first comprehensive account of the species. Describes the animal's behaviour, natural history and ecology; its anatomy, physiology, distribution, development and life cycle; the puzzle of its immune system; and its management and future conservation.
Overall, The American Horseshoe Crab is a fine compendium of information, one I will refer to frequently. The volume also provides an essential tool for anyone involved with developing the regulations that will be required to protect this intriguing species in perpetuity. -- Mark S. Garland Science 20040521 [This] has to be the most thorough book on this amazing creature ever written or ever likely to be written. It is a compilation of essays by some of the crab's foremost researchers...It would be a sad loss if this book were destined merely for reference shelves and university libraries. Each section has its entry point for the novice, its tidbit of fascinating information, ripe for mining by anyone with an inquisitive mind. -- Sandy Bauers Philadelphia Inquirer 20040614 Look inside The American Horseshoe Crab and you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about these living trilobite lookalikes from their much filmed shoreline mating to their historic use as fertiliser. This wonderfully illustrated and detailed compendium of information about the horseshoe or king crab is a must for anyone interested in marine arthropods both fossil and living. -- Douglas Palmer New Scientist 20040911 This book is a superbly produced synthesis of modern knowledge, in 15 chapters written by 20 experts. It is fully illustrated, with 33 colour plates and many line drawings, and there is an extensive bibliography...This scholarly text is essential for all serious students of arthropods. And it is eminently readable, too. -- Euan N. K. Clarkson BBC Wildlife 20041201
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