Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt


crustacea Section

In the Crustacea section we mainly study decapods. These are animals that the non-specialist will easily classify as crustaceans.

Decapod crustaceans are highly diverse and about 14,000 species are recognised. They are adapted to a wide range of marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments having been collected in the shallow waters of the surf zone to the greatest depths of the oceans, from mountain streams to long lowland rivers and through mangroves into the coastal plains of the tropics. But this amazing biodiversity has only partly been described, consequently the scientists of the Crustacea section concentrate on decapod taxonomy: the study, description and naming of animals. These animals are then grouped into a hierarchical series by emphasizing their evolutionary interrelationships (systematics). Such meticulous work forms an indispensable foundation in the study of biodiversity. As a consequence the distribution of species in time and space can be recorded and, ecological and ecofaunistic research understood.

Dungeness crab