Dr Sammy De Grave

Research summary

Dr De Grave’s research is concerned with the systematics of caridean shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda) in the broadest sense, ranging from alpha-level species taxonomy through to family-level systematics, with forays into biogeography, faunistics, comparative morphology, ecology and conservation. In recent years, large-scale taxonomic compilations have featured prominently, with incursions into biodiversity informatics.


Sammy received his PhD in 1999 from University College Cork, working on the systematics of shrimps from Papua New Guinea. Prior to that, he received an MSc in Marine Environmental protection from University College North Wales in 1989, as well as a Licentiaat in Biologie from Universiteit Gent in 1988. Since arriving in the museum in 2000 he has worked in a variety of roles, most recently as a researcher.

Featured publications

  • Global Caridean Shrimp Fauna

  • The discovery of Euryrhynchidae (Crustacea: Decapoda) in India, with the description of a new genus and species.

  • Notes on the shrimp genus Palaemon Weber, 1795 (Crustacea, Decapoda, Palaemonidae) and related genera from Taiwan.

  • Multiple origins and strong phenotypic convergence in fish-cleaning palaemonid shrimp lineages.

  • A new, distinctly coloured species of Lysmata Risso, 1816 (Malacostraca: Decapoda: Lysmatidae) from the south-central Atlantic.

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