Crayfish are the largest,
mobile freshwater invertebrates with some 540 recognized species.
They are of long standing interest to anatomists and
physiologists. For their great commercial importance as a human
food delicacy, crayfish are now becoming of wider interest to
molecular biologists, and also to conservationists due to the fact
that in some countries many of the native crayfish species are
under threat from human activity, disease, and competition from
other introduced crayfish species.
comprehensive book covers all major aspects of these important
animals, including taxonomy, anatomy, evolution, growth and
reproduction, behavior, ecology, physiology, conservation,
genetics, immunology, environmental aspects, and diseases. There
are separate chapters on each genus of crayfish of commercial
Written by 22
well-known experts, Biology of Freshwater Crayfish
has been carefully edited by David Holdich, internationally
recognized for his work with these animals. The book is an
essential purchase for anyone involved with the biology or
exploitation of crayfish, including freshwater and invertebrate
biologists and personnel involved in fisheries and aquaculture.
Libraries in all universities and research establishments where
biological sciences, fisheries or aquaculture are studied or
taught should have copies of this important book on their shelves.
until recently based at the School of Life and Environmental
Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK, is now an independent
aquatic biology consultant.