illustrated natural history of the
world's crabs that examines their
diversity, ecology, anatomy, behavior,
This lavishly illustrated book offers a
remarkable look at the world’s crabs.
More than 7,000 crab species, in 100
different families, are known today.
Their unique physiology and complex
behaviors have made them one of the most
diverse and adaptable of all animal
groups. They can thrive in the darkness
of abyssal seas, on the edges of
scalding hot volcanic hydrothermal
vents, on sunlit coral reefs, on
wave-washed rocky shores, and in
tropical rain forests at the tops of
mountains. They even persist in some of
the harshest desert conditions. Playing
a vital role in marine and coastal
ecology, crabs have been identified as
keystone species in habitats such as
coral reefs and coastal tropical swamps.
Crabs comprises five chapters:
evolutionary pathways; anatomy and
physiology; ecology; reproduction,
cognition, and behavior; and
exploitation and conservation.
Individual chapters include a variety of
subtopics, each illustrated by
exceptional images, and followed by
numerous double full-page species’
profiles. Each profile has been chosen
to emphasize remarkable and intriguing
aspects of the life of these fascinating
creatures. Some species may be familiar,
but many are beyond anything you have
probably seen before and will stretch
your understanding of what a crab is.
Written by a world authority, Crabs
offers an accessible overview of these
More than 190 spectacular color
photographsAccessible and well-organized
chaptersFull profiles on 42 iconic
species from across the world
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