Chemical Communication in Crustaceans

  • Thomas Breithaupt
  • Martin Thiel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introductory Section

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tristram D. Wyatt
      Pages 23-38
  3. General Overview of Signal Characteristics and Reception

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 39-39
    2. Mimi A. R. Koehl
      Pages 85-102
    3. Eric Hallberg, Malin Skog
      Pages 103-121
    4. Manfred Schmidt, DeForest Mellon Jr.
      Pages 123-147
    5. Bill S. Hansson, Steffen Harzsch, Markus Knaden, Marcus Stensmyr
      Pages 149-173
  4. Chemical Communication and Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Kristina Mead, Roy Caldwell
      Pages 219-238
    3. Juan Aggio, Charles D. Derby
      Pages 239-256
    4. Thomas Breithaupt
      Pages 257-276
    5. Francesca Gherardi, Elena Tricarico
      Pages 297-312
    6. John H. Christy, Dan Rittschof
      Pages 313-333
    7. Eileen A. Hebets, Aaron Rundus
      Pages 335-354
    8. Brian A. Hazlett
      Pages 355-370
  5. Towards Identification of Chemical Signals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 371-371
    2. Joerg D. Hardege, John A. Terschak
      Pages 373-392
    3. Michiya Kamio, Charles D. Derby
      Pages 393-412
    4. Yu-Wen Chung-Davidson, Mar Huertas, Weiming Li
      Pages 467-482
  6. Applied Aspects

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 551-565

About this book


Crustaceans are ecologically and economically important. They are fished and farmed extensively for food and are model organisms for scientific research. However, as invasive species, some crustaceans also threaten native communities world-wide. Social interactions of these primarily aquatic invertebrates are generally mediated through chemicals. Hence, the study of chemical communication by crustaceans is fundamental to understanding their biology and developing strategies to manage and protect them. Research in this area also promises discoveries of new waterborne natural products. This book provides the first comprehensive synthesis of current knowledge on crustacean chemical communication. Leading experts review different aspects of chemical communication and share their fascination with their research with the reader. Opening with an overview of the challenges and concepts of crustacean chemical communication research, the book proceeds to explore signal transmission and reception, and neural processing. The behavioral context of chemical communication is reviewed for the best-studied species. Recent advances in the molecular identification of crustacean chemical signals are presented, followed by discussions of their possible applications in aquaculture and management. Additional chapters provide complementary knowledge from other taxa (fish, insects) and topics (multimodal communication, deception, ecotoxicology), highlighting opportunities for future research. The book is richly illustrated and avoids technical jargon, making it accessible to a broad readership including researchers and students of ecology, evolution, behavior, and neurobiology, as well as non-scientists interested in fisheries, aquaculture, and environmental management. “This excellent and comprehensive volume fills a major gap in the field of chemical ecology and behavioral physiology. The editors assembled an outstanding group of expert contributors.” - Bert Hölldobler, Arizona State University and University of Würzburg “The topics are timely, the reviews current and the approach refreshingly synthetic. I see this book being useful for many years to come to the entire community of aquatic chemical ecologists.” - Peter W. Sorensen, University of Minnesota “The chapters are lucidly written by the outstanding experts in their fields. The book is a must-read for all those interested in the underwater world.” - Jelle Atema, Boston University and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution ABOUT THE EDITORS Thomas Breithaupt is a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Hull (UK) where he studies the mechanisms and evolution of chemical communication and orientation in crustaceans and fish. Martin Thiel is professor of Marine Biology at Universidad Católica del Norte in Coquimbo (Chile) where together with his students he uses crustaceans as model organisms to study the evolution of social behavior in the sea.

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas Breithaupt
    • 1
  • Martin Thiel
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Biological SciencesUniversity of HullHullUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Facultad Ciencas del Mar, Depto. de Biología MarinaUniversidad Catolica del NorteCoquimboChile

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