Review of the book by Kim Larsen, Deep-Sea Tanaidacea (Peracarida) from the Gulf of Mexico

Review of the book by Kim Larsen, Deep-Sea Tanaidacea (Peracarida) from the Gulf of Mexico ISSN 1063-0740, Russian Journal of Marine Biology, 2006, Vol. 32, No. 3, pp. 205. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2006. Original Russian Text © S.F. Timofeev, 2006, published in Biologiya Morya. BOOK REVIEWS Review of the Book by Kim Larsen, Deep-Sea Tanaidacea (Peracarida) from the Gulf of Mexico. Leiden; Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2005. 381 pp. Crustaceana Monographs, vol. 5. DOI: 10.1134/S1063074006030102 On the initiative of the journal Crustaceana, the ticular value. Thus, the book by Larsen is a good review Brill Academic Publishers has issued a series of mono- of results from the studies of tanaidacea biology and graphs that present the results from studies on certain ecology performed in the past few decades. groups of crustaceans. The first volume (2003) deals The chapter presenting Larsen’s view on the distri- with larvae of marine crabs from the coast of North bution of tanaidaceans in relation to environmental fac- Carolina (United States); the second volume contains tors, without doubt, would be of interest to the readers. papers presented at The 5th International Symposium The attempt of the author to explain cosmopolitism and on Biology of Terrestrial Isopoda; the third volume pro- bipolar (antitropical) distribution of some species is vides descriptions of copepods of underground waters noteworthy. Based on direct and indirect evidence, of Western Australia; and the fourth volume sums up Larsen thinks that cosmopolitism in deep-sea tanaid- the results of revision of decapods of the superfamily aceans is most often a result of the phenomenon of Callianassoidea. “twin species” and “camouflaging species.” As regards The book by Kim Larsen is the fifth volume of the widely distributed species, the author links this phe- series. Though the material examined in it was col- nomenon with the fact that in various regions of the lected in a relatively small region, the Gulf of Mexico, world’s oceans there exist extensive canyons, mountain this monograph deserves attention. The plan of the ranges, and other habitats with relatively uniform envi- book resembles that of the well-known Russian faunis- ronmental conditions. tic series Fauna of Russia (formerly Fauna of the The systematic section of the monograph includes USSR) and Guides to the Fauna of Russia (formerly descriptions of more than 100 species (21 new records), USSR), published by the Zoological Institute of the with keys for the identification of the representatives of Russian Academy of Sciences. The general part of the each of the suborders, as well as individual species of volume contains a detailed morphological description each genus. The book is well illustrated, including of Tanaidacea: exterior (body segmentation, antennae, maps of the distribution of species within the Gulf of eyes, mouth, and limbs) and internal structure (nervous Mexico and in the world’s oceans (the latter primarily system, digestive tract, blood system, excretory organs, concerns widely distributed and bipolar species). It is and sex glands). Special sections are devoted to respira- noteworthy that the author cites the large body of the tion, molting, and sexual dimorphism; individual devel- Russian-language literature (R.K. Kudinova-Pasternak, opment is examined for each of the suborders. Data on O.G. Kussakin, E.B. Makkaveeva, M.N. Sokolova). the biology of these crustaceans include information about feeding strategies, parasites, and commensals, as well as about behavior (individual interactions, house building, fights) and locomotion. Particular emphasis is S.F. Timofeev, placed on the reproduction of tanaidaceans; informa- Murmansk Marine Biological Institute, tion about courting, copulation, and fecundity is of par- Murmansk, 183010 Russia Russian Journal of Marine Biology Springer Journals

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