Decapod crustacean larvae inhabiting offshore Balearic Sea waters (western Mediterranean): taxonomy and ecology
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AuthorsTorres, A.P. (Asvin Pérez)
Keywordsestados de desarrollo
Summary Comprehending evolution, distribution and ecology of marine animals require information on reproductive biology and developmental patterns, as early life stages (larvae) constitute, for several taxa, critical periods within the life cycle in which abundance and distribution of populations are largely determined. Considering the importance of the decapod crustaceans on Mediterranean marine ecosystems and fisheries and the lack of information regarding their ecology, especially that on their early life stages, present thesis address the analysis of the decapod planktonic larval communities, specially of the deep and offshore species. The first section of the thesis relates to the issues arising from the accurate and precise taxonomic identification of the specimens, which constitute the fundamental prerequisite for any further study of the entire community, as well those related to the ecology of individual species. Subsequently, this further allowed to elaborate detailed ...
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