Shrimps, prawns and lobsters

A Museums Victoria field guide

By Gary C.B. Poore

This guide aims to introduce amateur naturalists, beachcombers, divers and others with an interest in marine environment to shrimps, prawns, lobsters and their close relatives.

Shrimps, prawns and lobsters are considered, with crabs, hermit crabs and squat lobsters to be the most evolutionary complex of the Crustacea. This is because the well developed carapace or shell defines the overall form of much of the body and because each pair of segmental limbs is specialised for different functions: feeding, walking, swimming and reproduction.

Species descriptions are accompanied by colour photographs, line drawings and illustrations for easy recognition. References to literature, a glossary, scientific and common name indexes are included.

Museums Victoria field guide series

Shrimps, prawns and lobsters is the third in a series of Museums Victoria field guides to marine life. Each guide in the series features common animals and covers a different group of marine life. Many of the species can be found in shallow waters, on shores and reefs on the coastline of Australia and beyond.

About the author

Dr Gary Poore is Principal Curator of Marine Biology at Museums Victoria, Melbourne. His exploration of marine environment has taken him diving in Victoria, the tropics and in the subantarctic. He has also participated in expeditions on ships around Australia’s coast and in the Antarctic. He has published numerous articles on crustacean systematics, marine biodiversity and community structure of estuarine, shallow water and slope benthos.

Paperback, colour illustrations, 132pp
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