It has been over 12 years since publication of the last major book covering freshwater crayfish and since then, there has been much new information produced which is gathered together here for the first time.
The first section of the book deals with the crayfish general biology with particular attention given to crayfish status and conservation, genetic variation and physiological adaptation to the environment. Chapters include: Immune Reactions, Pathogens Parasites and Commensals, Genetic Variation, Behaviour, Taxonomy, Ecology, growth and Reproduction and others.
The second section of the book deals with the crayfish of commercial importance with chapters devoted to each of the major genera of importance including Astacus, Pacifastacus, Procambarus, Orconectes, Cambarus and Cherax.
This book is essential reading for anyone involved in the biology or exploitation of these important animals.
Edited by: D.M. Holdich
Hardback, 720 pages, December 2001