Published on 28 November 1997
This work presents a study of the taxonomy of the penaeidean shrimps of the world. This group of shrirnp includes many of the commercially important marine species of the tropics and subtropics, as weil as many of the species that constitute a major link in the food chain of the oceans. The works present keys for the identification of seven families (the Aristeidae, Benthesicymidae, Penaeidae, Sicyoniidae, Solenoceridae, Luciferidae, and Sergestidae) and 56 genera, as weil as diagnoses that attempt to defi ne these taxa with scientific clarity. Also included are lists of the species and subspecies currently included in these genera, along with their geographie distribution, and a full bibliography.
Dr Isabel Pérez Farfante is an Emeritus Research Scientist with the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in Miami, Florida. For 20 years prior to 1986, she was a Research Scientist at the Systematics Laboratory of the NMFS, based at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. She bas published extensively on the systematics of penaeoid shrimps of the world. Dr Brian Kensley is a curator in the Department of 1nvertebrate Zoology, U.S. National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. For eleven years, prior to 1978, he was a Scientific Officer in the Department of Marine Biology at the South African Museum, Cape Town. His principal research interests are in the systematics of isopod and decapod crustaceans of the world.