Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. History of Discovery of Parasitic Crustacea
Chapter 3. Biodiversity and Taxonomy of the Parasitic Crustacea
Chapter 4. Adaptations and Types of Crustacean Symbiotic Associations
Chapter 5. Life Cycle and Life History Strategies of Parasitic Crustacea
Chapter 6. Effects of Parasitic Crustacea on Hosts
Chapter 7. Parasitic Crustacea as Vectors
Chapter 8. Hypersymbionts and Hyperparasites of Parasitic Crustacea
Chapter 9. Unravelling the Evolutions of the Rhizocephala: A Case study for Molecular Based Phylogeny in the Parasitic Crustacea
Chapter 10. The Ecological Significance of Parasitic Crustaceans.
This book offers the first comprehensive review of parasitic Crustacea, which are among the most successful and diverse parasites. Starting with an introductory chapter, followed by an historic overview and topic-specific chapters, each presenting a different aspect of parasitic crustacean biology, it enables readers to gain a better understanding of how these parasites function and allows direct comparisons between the different parasitic crustacean groups. The authors also discuss, in depth, the adaptations and interactions that have made parasitic Crustacea as successful as they are today, covering topics ranging from the history of their discovery, their biodiversity, phylogeny, evolution and life strategies to their role as vectors, or hosts of other organisms, and their significance in ecological processes. Consisting of ten chapters from leading international experts in the field, this volume offers a one-stop resource for all researchers, lecturers, students and practitioners.
• Highlights the morphological and ecological attributes that have made parasitic Crustacea successful
• Inspires current and future research into this ecologically and economically important field of study
• Includes recent findings from the authors’ own research