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An Interdisciplinary Bibliography of Freshwater Crayfishes.

Publication of An Interdisciplinary Bibliography of Freshwater Crayfishes" by C. W. Hart, Jr., and Janice Clark has been announced by the Smithsonian Institution Press, 470 L:Enfant Plaza, Suite 7100, Washington, DC 20560. This is a very comprehensive listing of publications on these important crustaceans, with 12,481 listings and considerable updating since it was first published just a couple of years ago. Hart is a curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and Clark is a Museum Specialist with the NMNH's Department of Invertegrate Zoology.

Crayfish, of course, are widely popular as a food item, at least in Europe and parts of the southern United States where they are also farmed. They are also much used by scientists; indeed, the largest single category of references in this book relate to neurophysiological work. Aquaculture papers also make up a large part of the listings, as might be expected. The breadth of the bibliography, however, makes it even more interesting. It includes citations ranging from motion pictures on the crayfish to poetry, yabbie farming in Australia, juvenile and adult literature references to the crayfish, musical items lauding it, postage stamps honoring the species, cookbooks, and more. Thus, this is a one-stop shopping guide to the literature on crayfish from Algicides to Zoogeography. Most important, of course, are the references to the vast and growing scientific literature; in just two years the authors added nearly 1,300 references. Each citation presents the author(s), date, title of the reference, journal or publisher, and pagination. Also listed are alphanumeric subject codes, genera or species discussed (where known), and, for some, very brief explanatory notes. Each citation is numbered for index reference, and they are arranged alphabetically by author, then by date.

This very thorough, excellent 498page guide to the crayfish literature is hardbound and available from the publisher for $35.00.
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Publication:Marine Fisheries Review
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Date:Jun 22, 1989
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