The Blue Crab: Callinectes sapidus

Kennedy, Victor S. and L. Eugene Cronin, editors . 2007 . UM-SG-TS-2007-01 .
978-0-943676-67-8, 0-943676-67-3
. Maryland Sea Grant . $125.00 . 800 pp.


An essential resource for researchers, students, and managers, this book is the first comprehensive reference work on the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus.

The blue crab is a significant U.S. commercial and recreational species from the Mid-Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico. In Chesapeake Bay, the nation's largest estuary, the blue crab has become a regional symbol, as well as the Bay's most profitable seafood product. During recent years, controversies have arisen over the status of blue crab stocks and how best to manage them. A clear synthesis of scientific information detailing the blue crab's biology and ecology will greatly augment our baseline knowledge about this important crustacean.

Well-known marine biologists Victor Kennedy and the late Eugene Cronin edited the volume and assembled scientists who are leaders in their respective fields of blue crab study across the United States and beyond to provide this first comprehensive overview of the science surrounding the blue crab. Kennedy was the lead editor of The Eastern Oyster: Crassostrea virginica, the most comprehensive compilation of current scientific knowledge about the Eastern oyster. The new book, The Blue Crab: Callinectes sapidus, includes chapters on systematics; anatomy of larval, juvenile, and adult stages; molting and growth; reproduction; diseases and parasites; physiology; ecology of all life history stages; history of blue crab fisheries in the U.S.; and population dynamics. It is the first treatment of such breadth on any major crab species. Authors and chapter titles are listed below.

"The Blue Crab is a remarkable — and immensely valuable — book."

— Thomas Wolcott, Journal of Crustacean Biology

"A handsome volume that should stand as the definitive research reference on the blue crab for years to come...."

— Sandra E. Shumway (University of Connecticut), National Shellfisheries Association Newsletter

"This volume will provide answers to most scientific questions about blue crabs. Recommended."

— Choice
  • Chapter 1 — A.B. Williams. Systematics and Evolution
  • Chapter 2 — V.S. Kennedy. External Anatomy of Blue Crab Larvae
  • Chapter 3 — V.S. Kennedy and L.E. Cronin. Anatomy of the Post-Larval Blue Crab
  • Chapter 4 — C.K. Govind. Muscles and Neurons
  • Chapter 5 — I.J. McGaw and C.L. Reiber. The Functional Anatomy of the Circulatory System
  • Chapter 6 — S.G. Smith and E.S. Chang. Molting and Growth
  • Chapter 7 — P.R. Jivoff, A.H. Hines and L.S. Quackenbush. Reproduction Biology and Embryonic Development
  • Chapter 8 — J.D. Shields and R.M. Overstreet. Diseases, Parasites and Other Symbionts
  • Chapter 9 — D.W. Towle and L.E. Burnett. Osmoregulatory, Digestive and Respiratory Physiology
  • Chapter 10 — R.A. Tankersley and R.B. Forward, Jr.. Environmental Physiology
  • Chapter 11 — M. Brouwer and R.F. Lee. Responses to Toxic Chemicals at the Molecular, Cellular, Tissue, and Organismal Level
  • Chapter 12 — C.E. Epifanio. Biology of Larvae
  • Chapter 13 — R.N. Lipcius, D.B. Eggleston, K.L. Heck. Jr., R.D. Seitz, and J. van Montfrans. Ecology of Postlarval and Young Juvenile Blue Crabs
  • Chapter 14 — A.H. Hines. Ecology of Juvenile and Adult Blue Crabs
  • Chapter 15 — V.S. Kennedy, M. Oesterling, and W. A. van Engel. History of Blue Crab Fisheries on the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf Coasts
  • Chapter 16 — M.J. Fogarty and R.N. Lipcius. Population Dynamics and Fisheries

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