Abstract

The caridean family Palaemonidae Samouelle consists of two major subfamilies. The Palaemoninae are conspicuous in tropical freshwater and temperate marine habitats and are almost entirely free-living. The Pontoniinae are almost exclusively tropical and subtropical marine commensals and are rarely found in temperate or fresh waters. They occur most abundantly in the warm shallow waters of tropical coral reefs and the species probably present in deeper waters here have so far been little studied. The use of scuba-diving as a collecting method in recent years has greatly increased the efficiency of sampling coral reefs and other shallow water marine animals. Precise information can now be obtained for many species with regard to their habitats or associations. Many of the more cryptic species could not be reliably collected by any earlier method and so remained 'rare' and little known. Coral reefs are famous for the diversity of the fauna that they support, and the Great Barrier Reef and the caridean shrimps are no exception to this generalisation. Among the marine shrimps in Australian seas only the snapping shrimps of the family Alpheidae exceed the number of species of the subfamily Pontoniinae. ...

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Bruce, 1984, Aust. Mus. Mem. 18(18): 195–218
Author
A. J. Bruce
Year
1984
Title
The pontoniine shrimp fauna of Australia
Serial Title
Australian Museum Memoir
Volume
18
Issue
18
Start Page
195
End Page
218
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1967.18.1984.385
Language
English
Date Published
31 March 1984
Cover Date
31 December 1983
ISSN
0067-1967
CODEN
AUNMA5
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
CRUSTACEA: DECAPODA
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09 September 2009
Reference Number
385
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