Published on 11 October 2013
Tropical Deep-Sea Benthos, a continuation of Résultats des Campagnes MUSORSTOM, is a series dedicated to the inventory and description of the deep-sea fauna of the world, with special emphasis on the most extensive, yet remote and least explored, region — the Indo-West Pacific. The comprehensive series of marine expeditions undertaken by the French Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle and the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) continue to collect many new, strange and sometimes colorful crustaceans. The present volume includes for the first time results from recent expeditions off Mozambique, South Madagascar, and Papua New Guinea. Research on this expedition material rests on a worldwide network of carcinologists at the front lines of taxonomical research. Indeed, the list of authors of Tropical Deep-Sea Benthos volume 27 reads like a “who’s who” of crustacean biodiversity research. Altogether, the volume comprises descriptions and new occurrences for more than 200 species, of which 27 are new species, including cirripeds, crabs, prawns, armoured shrimps, lobsters, squat lobsters, and hermit crabs. Many are illustrated by spectacular colour images of freshly caught specimens.
Shane T. Ahyong is senior research scientist at the Australian Museum in Sydney, Tin-Yam Chan is professor of the Institute of Marine Biology at the National Taiwan Ocean University, Laure Corbari is research scientist at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris and Peter K. L. Ng is professor at the Department of Biological Science of National University of Singapore.
AHYONG S. T., CHAN T.-Y., CORBARI L. & NG P. K. L. (eds) 2013 — Tropical Deep-Sea Benthos volume 27. Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, 501 p. (Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle ; 204).