Advertisement

A Brief History of Freshwater Crab Research

  • Michael Türkay
  • Tadashi KawaiEmail author
  • Moritz Sonnewald
  • Neil Cumberlidge
Chapter
  • 537 Downloads

Abstract

The history of the study of the biology of freshwater crabs is described from the first records in ancient Greece up to the present day. Today, hundreds of scientists from all parts of the world are engaged in the study of all aspects of freshwater crab biology from field studies of their ecology to molecular studies of their systematics and genetics. The first mention of the occurrence of freshwater crabs is by the Roman author Claudius Aelianus, then Aristoteles, Belon, Linne, A. Milne-Edwards, James wood-Mason, Mary Jane Rathbun, Major Alfred Alcock, Stanley Kemp, Jean Roux, Heinrich Balss, and Richard Bott in Europe developed the study.

Keywords

Biology Freshwater crab Natural history Scientific name Taxonomy 

Notes

Acknowledgments

Sadly, the author of this chapter, Professor Michael Türkay, passed away just before completing the manuscript. The editors have taken the liberty of putting the finishing touches to this work, which is the final manuscript in the long and productive academic career of this great scientist, whose numerous contributions to crustacean biology have helped to lay the foundations of our present understanding of the field.

References

  1. Alcock, A. (1909). Diagnoses of new species and varieties of fresh-water crabs. Records of Indian Museum 3(1–4), 243–252, 375–381.Google Scholar
  2. Alcock, A. (1910). Catalogue of the Indian decapod crustacea in the collection of the Indian Museum. Part I. Brachyura. Fasc. 2. The Indian Fresh-Water Crabs, Potamonidae, Calcutta.Google Scholar
  3. Aldrovandi, U. (1606). De reliquis animalibus exanguibus libri quatuor, post mortem eius editi: nempe de mollibus, crustaceis, testaceis, et zoophytis, Bologna (Baptistum Bellagambam). (Ulisse Aldrovandi, opere a stampa, Informazioni e crediti. http://amshistorica.unibo.it/18, Downloaded October 4, 2015).
  4. Balss, H. (1937). Potamoniden (Dekapoda Brachyura) der Philippinen und des Malayischen Archipels. Internationale Revue der gesamten Hydrobiologie und Hydrographie, 34, 143–197.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Balss, H. (1957). Decapoda, VIII: Systematik. In: H. G. Bronn (Ed.), Klassen und Ordnungen des Tierreichs. Band 5, Abteilung 1. 7, 1505–1672.Google Scholar
  6. Belon, P. (1553). De aquatilibus, libri duo. Cum iconibus ad vivam ipsorum effigiem, quoad eius fieri potuit, expressis, Parisiis: Apud Carolum Stephanum.Google Scholar
  7. Bott, R. (1950). Belon P (1553) De aquatilibus, libri duo. Cum iconibus ad vivam ipsorum effigiem, quoad eius fieri potuit, expressis, Parisiis (Apud Carolum Stephanum). Abhandlungen der Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft, 483, 1–36.Google Scholar
  8. Bott, R. (1955). Die Süßwasserkrabben von Afrika (Crust., Decap.) und ihre Stammesgeschichte. Annales du Musée du Congo belge (Tervuren, Belgique) C-Zoologie, 3, 209–352.Google Scholar
  9. Bott, R. (1959). Potamoniden aus West-Afrika. Bulletin de l’Institut Français d’Afrique Noire (A), 21, 994–1008.Google Scholar
  10. Bott, R. (1960). Crustacea (Decapoda): Potamonidae. In B. Hanstrom, P. Brinck, & G. Ruderbeck (Eds.), South African animal life: Results of the Lund University expedition in 1950–1951 (Vol. 7, pp. 13–18). Almqvist & Wiksells: Uppsala.Google Scholar
  11. Bott, R. (1965). Die Süwasserkrabben von Madagaskar. Bulletin Du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle Paris, 37, 335–350.Google Scholar
  12. Bott, R. (1969a). Die Süsswasserkrabben Süd-Amerikas und ihre Stammesgeschichte. Eine Revision der Trichodactylidae und der Pseudothelphusidae östlich der Anden (Crustacea, Decapoda). Abhandlungen der Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft (Frankfurt am Main), 518, 1–94.Google Scholar
  13. Bott, R. (1969b). Präadaptation, Evolution und Besiedlungsgeschichte der Süßwasserkrabben der Erde. Natur und Museum Frankfurt, 99, 266–275.Google Scholar
  14. Bott, R. (1969c). Flusskrabben aus Asien und ihre Klassifikation (Crustacea, Decapoda). Senkenbergiana Biology, 50, 359–366.Google Scholar
  15. Bott, R. (1970a). Betrachtungen über die Entwicklungsgeschichte und Verbreitung der Süßwasser-Krabben nach der Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums in Genf/Schweiz. Revue Suisse de Zoologie, 77, 327–344.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Bott, R. (1970b). Die Süwasserkrabben von Europa, Asien, Australien und ihre Stammesgeschichte. Abhandlungen Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft, 526, 1–338.Google Scholar
  17. Bott, R. (1972). Stammesgeschichte und geographische Verbreitung der Süsswasserkrabben. Natur und Museum Frankfurt, 102, 63–77. (Fig. 1–9).Google Scholar
  18. Bott, R. (1974). Süsswasserkrabben von New Guinea. Zoologische Verhandelingen, (Vol. 136, pp. 1–36). Leiden. (Figs. 1–14, Pls. 1–4)Google Scholar
  19. Brandis, D., & Schuster, A. (1999). Süßwasserkrabben und das Sternbild Krebs – Kulturgeschichte der Süßwasserkrabben in den mesopotamischen Hochkulturen. Natur und Museum Frankfurt, 129, 73–82.Google Scholar
  20. Colosi, G. (1920). I Potamonidi del R. Museo Zoologico di Torino. Bollettino dei Musei di Zoologia ed Anatomia comparata della Regia, Università di Torino, 35, 1–39.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. Crandall, K. A., Harris, D. J., & Fetzner, J. W., Jr. (2000). The monophyletic origin of freshwater crayfish estimated from nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequences. Proceedings of the Royal Society, 267, 1679–1686.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  22. da Silva, T. R., Neto, E. M. C., & da Rocha, S. S. (2014). Etnobiologia do caranguejo de água doce Trichodactylus fluviatilisLatreille, 1828 no povoado de Pedra Branca, Santa Teresinha, Bahia. Gaia Scientia, 8, 51–64.Google Scholar
  23. Gesner, C. (1558). Historiae Animalium. Liber IIII. qui est de piscium & aquatilium animatium natura. Zürich, (Christoph Froschoverum).Google Scholar
  24. Gesner, C. (1563). Fischbuch, 10 + 404 pp, Zürich (Christoph Froschoverum).Google Scholar
  25. Hausmann, A., Spies, M., & Diller, J. (2012). In Memoriam Prof. Dr. Ernst Joseph Fittkau (22.07.1927–12.05.2012). Spixiana, 35, 161–176.Google Scholar
  26. Herbst, J. F. W. (1791–1796). Versuch einer Naturgeschichte der Krabben und Krebse nebst einer systematischen Beschreibung ihrer verschiedenen Arten. Zweyter Band. Mit XXV Kupfer-Tafeln und Register. Krebse. Gottlieb August Lange, Berlin und Stralsund. [Issued in parts, see Low (2012: 65) for dates of publication].Google Scholar
  27. Herzog-Schröder, G. (2003). Okoyõma—die Krebsjägerinnen: vom Leben der Yanomamï-Frauen in Südvenezuela, Frauenkulturen—Männerkulturen (Vol. ix, 295 pp.). Germany: LIT Publisher. Google Scholar
  28. Kemp, S. (1913). Zoological results of the Abor Expedition, 1911–1912. XX. Crustacea Decapoda. Records of Indian Museum (Vol. 8, pp. 289–310). Pls. 17–21.Google Scholar
  29. Kemp, S. (1923). On a collection of River Crabs from Siam and Annam. Journal of National History Society of Siam, 6, 1–42. (4 Pls).Google Scholar
  30. Magalhães, C., & Türkay, M. (2008). A new species of Kingsleya from the Yanomami Indians area in the upper Rio Orinoco, Venezuela (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura, Pseudotelphusidae). Senckenbergiana Biologica, 88, 231–237.Google Scholar
  31. Magalhães, C., Barbosa, U. C., & Daniel, V. P. Y. (2006). Decapod crustaceans used as food by the Yanomami Indians of the Balawa-ú village, State of Amazonas, Brazil. Acta Amazonica, 36, 369–374.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  32. Milne Edwards, H. (1853). Mémoires sur la famille des Ocypo-diens. Annales des Sciences Naturelles (Zoologie), 3(20), 163–228. (Pls. 6–11).Google Scholar
  33. Milne-Edwards, A. (1869). Description d’un nouveau genre de Crustacé Cancérien. Annales de la Société entomologique de France 4e série, 9, 167–169. (Pls. 8).Google Scholar
  34. Moreira, F. A. (unpublished). The crab as cosmic yux: A symbol of power and creation in Cotzumalhuapa. In: Contribution to the 41st Annual Chacmool conference, Calgary. Nov 2008. www.academia.edu/3388107/The_Crab_as_Cosmic_Yux_A_Symbol_of_Power_and_Creation_in_Cotzumalhuapa
  35. Rathbun, M. J. (1904). Les crabes d’eau douce (Potamonidae). Nouvelles Archives du Muséum d’Histoire naturelle, (Vol. 4, pp. 225–312). Paris. Pls. 9–18.Google Scholar
  36. Rathbun, M. J. (1905). Les crabes d’eau douce. Nouvelles Archives du Muséum d’Histoire naturelle, (Vol. 7, pp. 159–321). Paris. Pls. 13–22.Google Scholar
  37. Rathbun, M. J. (1906). Les crabes d’eau douce (Potamonidae). Nouvelles Archives du Muséum d’Histoire naturelle, Paris, 8, 33–122.Google Scholar
  38. Rondelet, G. (1555). Universae aquatilium Historiae pars altera, cum veris ipsorum imaginibus, Lyon (Matthias Bonhomme).Google Scholar
  39. Schaller, F. (2004). Nachruf/Orbituary. Prof. Dr. Harald Felix Ludwig Sioli (1910–2004). Amazoniana, 18, 163–168.Google Scholar
  40. Scholtz, G. (1995). Ursprung und Evolution der Fluẞkrebse (Crustacea, Astacida). Sitzungsberichte der Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde zu Berlin (N.F.) 34:93–115.Google Scholar
  41. Scholtz, G. (2002). Phylogeny and evolution. In D. M. Holdich (Ed.), Biology of freshwater crayfish (pp. 30–52). Oxford: Blackwell Science.Google Scholar
  42. Tiefenbacher, L. (1989). Heinrich Balss’ Leben und Werk. Spixiana, 11, 187–192.Google Scholar
  43. Türkay, M. (1974a). Dr. Richard Bott, (1902–1974). Natur und Museum 104:135–136, 1 Abb.Google Scholar
  44. Türkay, M. (1974b). Richard Bott, (1902–1974). Senckenbergiana Biologica. 55:409–414, 1 Abb.Google Scholar
  45. Türkay, M. (1975). Dr. phil. nat. Richard Bott, (1902–1974). Leben und carcino-logisches Werk. Crustaceana 28, 228–302. Taf. 1.Google Scholar
  46. Türkay, M. (1981). To members of the Carcinological Society of Japan. Research in Crustacean, 11, 12.Google Scholar
  47. Türkay, M. (1987). Memories of Dr. Tune Sakai. Research in Crustacean, 16, 8–9.Google Scholar
  48. Wood-Mason, J. (1871). Contributions to Indian Carcinology. On Indian and Malayan Telphusidae. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, 40, 189–207, 449–454. Pls. 11–14, 27.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Türkay
    • 1
  • Tadashi Kawai
    • 2
    Email author
  • Moritz Sonnewald
    • 3
  • Neil Cumberlidge
    • 4
  1. 1.Senckenberg Research InstituteFrankfurtGermany
  2. 2.Wakkanai Fisheries Research InstituteWakkanaiJapan
  3. 3.Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History MuseumFrankfurtGermany
  4. 4.Department of BiologyNorthern Michigan UniversityMarquetteUSA

Personalised recommendations