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. Helmed by three editors in Japan, Europe, and the US, this book invites contributions from experts around the globe, covering the conservation status and biology of all endangered species, taxonomy, and distribution of crayfishes worldwide.
Section 1: New model organism for biology. General Biology, Happy Birthday! The First Decade of Marmorkrebs research-Results and Perspective. Conservation, Predicting the range expansion of a partenogenic crayfish invader. Experimental Biology, Marble Crayfish as A New Model Organism and A New Threat to native Crayfish Conservation. Physiology, Tolerance of Marbled Crayfish Procambarusfallax f. virginalis to Low Temperature in Nordic Climate. Reproductive biology, Parthenogenesis: Mechanisms, evolution, and its Relevance to the Role of Marbled Crayfish as Model Organism and Potential Invader. Aquarium, Marbled crayfish Gaining Ground in Europe: the Role of the Pet Trade as invasion Pathway. Cell biology, Research on stem cells, Ageing, Cancer Resistance, and Epigenetics in Marbled Crayfish and Relatives: Potential Benefits for Human Biology and Medicine. Section 2: Crayfish: new developments. Aquaculture,Developing Markets for New Product: Aquacultured Redclaw in Mexico. The Biology of Crayfish Plague Pathogen Aphanomycesastaci: Current Answers to Most Frequent Questions. Environment, A Review of Current Techniques for Sampling Freshwater Crayfish. Behavior, Behavioral ecology of invasive crayfish: its contribution to conservation. Prevent crayfish plague, Chaos and Adaptation in the Pathogen-Host Relationship in Relation to the Conservation: the Case of the Crayfish Plague and the Noble Crayfish. Monitoring, Crayfish as Tools in Water Quality Monitoring. Phylogeny, Phylogenetic Estimate of the Freshwater Crayfish (Decapoda: Astacidea) using Morphology and Molecules. Section 3: Global overview of freshwater crayfish biology. Atlantic North America, The Crayfish Fauna of Canada and the United States in North America. Middle America, The Crayfish of Middle America. Pacific North America, Historical Biogeography of Pacifastacuscrayfishes and their Branchiobdellidan and Entocytherid Ectosymbionts in Western North America. South America, The Native South American Crayfish (Decapoda: Parastacidae). Oceania, the Freshwater Crayfish of the Oceania Region. Africa, Crayfish of Africa. Europe, Crayfish in Europe: Biogeography, Ecology and Conservation. Asia, Taxonomic Synopsis and Biology. Crayfish worms, Branchiobdellidans (Annelida: Clitellata), Ectosymbionts of Crayfishes.