Aeglidae focuses on these unique crustaceans who are endemic to South America. The book is the first to summarize the diverse aspects of the Aeglidae, whose taxonomic features and phylogenetic relationships, evolutionary history and biogeographical background, biological characteristics, and current conservation awareness make them stand out among all other decapods. 

  • Addresses the morphology, taxonomy, and phylogenetics that characterize the Aegla and their relationship to other decapod taxa
  • Provides in-depth treatment of the evolutionary history, biogeography, reproduction, developmental biology, and the life cycle of the Aeglidae
  • Discusses their physiology, ecology and behavior, including physiological mechanisms associated with freshwater adaptation, population dynamics, trophic ecology, agonistic and non-agonistic behavior
  • Covers the current conservation status of all known species of aeglids, major threats to them, the use of aeglids as flagships or umbrella species, and conservation action planning
  • Edited by internationally distinguished leaders in this field.
  • This will be an important reference not only for carcinologists working with this family of decapods, but also readers interested in the evolution, biogeography, taxonomy, phylogenetics, physiology, and reproductive ecology.

    chapter Chapter 1|27 pages

    Evolutionary History and Phylogenetic Relationships of Aeglidae

    ByMarlise Ladvocat Bartholomei-Santos, Sandro Santos, Bianca Laís Zimmermann, Marcos Pérez-Losada, Keith A. Crandall

    chapter Chapter 2|43 pages

    Morphology, Taxonomy, and Diversity of Extant Aeglidae

    BySandro Santos, Georgina Bond-Buckup, Carlos G. Jara

    chapter Chapter 3|24 pages

    Population Structure and Morphological Maturity

    BySetuko Masunari

    chapter Chapter 4|35 pages

    Trophic Ecology

    ByPablo Collins

    chapter Chapter 5|21 pages

    Reproductive Biology and Gonadal Development in Aeglidae

    ByCarolina Sokolowicz

    chapter Chapter 6|25 pages

    Postembryonic Development, Parental Care, and Recruitment

    BySérgio Luiz de Siqueira Bueno, Roberto Munehisa Shimizu, Juliana Cristina Bertacini Moraes

    chapter Chapter 7|22 pages

    Intra- and Interspecific Behavioral Interactions of Aeglidae with a Comparison to Other Decapods

    ByMarcelo M. Dalosto, Alexandre V. Palaoro

    chapter Chapter 8|29 pages

    Physiological Ecology: Osmoregulation and Metabolism of the Aeglid Anomurans

    ByJohn Campbell MacNamara, Samuel Faria

    chapter Chapter 9|23 pages

    Conservation Status and Threats of Aeglidae: Beyond the Assessment

    ByHarry Boos, Paula Guimarães Salge, Marcelo A. A. Pinheiro

    chapter Chapter 10|21 pages

    Sampling and Data Analysis for Population Studies on the Life History of Aegla spp.

    ByRoberto Munehisa Shimizu, Sérgio Luiz de Siqueira Bueno