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Atlas of Crabs of the Persian Gulf

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  • A hands-on guide to diagnose the known brachyuran crabs with high-quality colour photos.

  • A reference providing detailed local and world distribution map for every species

  • A reference providing important biological and ecological data, e. g. habitat preference, life cycle, and diet habit

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This illustrated atlas describes 256 extant brachyuran crab species in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Identification keys are provided for 37 brachyuran families, 144 genera and 256 species on the basis of their main synapomorphies. Brief but precise descriptions highlighting the main characteristics are also provided for every family.

The atlas displays features high-quality color photos, offering a hands-on guide and equipping readers to readily diagnose crab species in the region. Importantly, a line drawing of the first male gonopod, as well as its main diagnostic characteristics, are provided for all species. Further, every species is supplemented with synonymies that encompass the original descriptions, overall revision of the given taxa, monographs and all records from the northwestern Indian Ocean including the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

For each species, the book provides detailed local and global distribution maps, together with important ecological data including habitat preference. Further, it includes a general introduction to the brachyuran crabs with schematic drawings of their external morphology, as well as a comprehensive introduction to the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman as marine ecoregions (geography, hydrology, biology, and environmental condition).

The book offers an indispensable guide for all professionals, researchers, and students interested in brachyuran crabs around the globe and particularly in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

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Table of contents (38 chapters)

  1. Section Podotremata Guinot, 1977

  2. Section Eubrachyura, Subsection Heterotremata

Authors and Affiliations

  • Center of Excellence in Phylogeny of Living Organisms, School of Biology, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

    Reza Naderloo

About the author

Reza Naderloo completed his undergraduate studies in marine biology at Gorgan University in 2002. He received his MSc in Animal Biosystematics from the University of Tehran in 2005. His research focused on the crabs of the Persian Gulf, and became the foundation for subsequent research that put him in touch with two of the most famous crab specialists in the region, Michael Türkay and Michael Apel. In 2007 he then started a PhD program at Frankfurt University, and a year later was awarded a scholarship from the DAAD. Reza Naderloo has published over 40 scientific papers.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Atlas of Crabs of the Persian Gulf

  • Authors: Reza Naderloo

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing AG 2017

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-49372-5Published: 01 September 2017

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-84148-9Published: 22 June 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-49374-9Published: 15 August 2017

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXII, 444

  • Number of Illustrations: 63 b/w illustrations, 372 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Marine & Freshwater Sciences

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