This second volume in the Natural History of the Crustacea series examines how crustaceans-the different body shapes and adaptations of which are described in volume 1-make a living in the wide range of environments they inhabit, and how they exploit food sources. The contributions in the volume give synthetic overviews of particular lifestyles and feeding mechanisms, and offer a fresh look at crustacean life styles through the technological tools that have been applied to recent crustacean research. These include SEM (scanning electron microscope) techniques, micro-optics, and long-term video recordings that have been used for a variety of behavioral studies. The audience will include not only crustacean biologists but evolutionary ecologists who want to understand the diversification of particular life styles, ecologists who follow the succession of communities, biogeochemists who estimate the role of crustaceans in geochemical fluxes, and biologists with a general interest in crustaceans.
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Les Watling is Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Hawaii.
Martin Thiel is Professor of Marine Biology at the Universidad Catolica del Norte in Chile.
"This book ... is thorough, dense, informative, and very, very useful. ... [I]t will be a priceless reference, not only for crustacean specialists but also for anyone interested in the adaptations of higher invertebrates. Essential." --CHOICE
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