Adaptations and Natural History of the Carideans
by Raymond T. Bauer
University of Oklahoma Press, 2004.
|Seeking to stimulate interest in the caridean shrimps while at the same time documenting decades of study and observations, crustacean biologist Raymond Bauer offers a natural history of his favorite taxonomic group.|
|Writing in a conversational style that he hopes will attract amateur naturalists as well as professional scientists, Bauer profiles nearly 30 families of Carideans and discusses variations in body form and function, coloration, breeding biology, mating behavior, and their unique antifouling and grooming adaptations.|
is a Caridean Shrimp?
The caridean shrimp can be defined as a caridoid decapod crustacean with phyllobranchiate gills,second abdominal pleura forming a caridean saddle, and usually two pairs of chelae but never three. Carideans are taxonomically and ecologically diverse, with many remarkable adaptations for survival and reproduction.
|Bauer's enthusiasm for Carideans is evident throughout the book, as he describes their life history patterns and symbioses with other animals. In the preface, he describes his first encounter with a caridean shrimp in a tide pool at La Jolla, California. "I placed the shrimps in a bucket and, as I saw them swimming about, realized that I was hooked. This was the group I was seeking: animals that were exhilarating just to look at."|
multicolored shrimps in Bauer
's bucket not only became principal subjects in his dissertation, but
the focus of many research studies on their mating and coloration, and
now the subject of this text.
Raymond T. Bauer holding two shite shrimps