Jose Cuesta

Jose A. Cuesta, PhD
Instituto de Ciencias Marinas de Andalucía (CSIC)
Campus Río San Pedro - 11510 Puerto Real (Cádiz), Spain
Phone. 34-956832612 (ext.324)
Fax: 34-956834701
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Researcher ID: A-1132-2008
My primary interests encompass biology, ecology, molecular phylogeny, taxonomy and larval development of decapod crustaceans (mainly crabs). In the recent and ongoing projects, I have focused on larval morphology of Thoracotremata, especially in Grapsoidea and Pinnotheroidea, in combination with molecular phylogenetics. The main objective of our ongoing project (MEGALOPADN) is to use barcodes to identify crab megalopae from Iberian plankton samples, and describe them. Finally, constructing an illustrated key for crab megalopae of the Iberian Peninsula.
Other studies have centered on larval morphology of crabs and shrimps and their relationship with the systematic of these taxa. I am also interested in the identification of alien species of decapod crustaceans and further monitoring of their populations.



Drake P., Marco-Herrero E., Subida M.D., Arias A.M., Cuesta J.A. Host use pattern of the pea crab Afropinnotheres monodi: potential effects on its reproductive success and geographical expansion. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 2014, (in press).

García Muñoz J.E., Cuesta J.A., García Raso, J.E. Taxonomic study of the Pagurus forbesii "complex" (Crustacea: Decapoda: Paguridae). Description of Pagurus pseudosculptimanus sp. nov. from Alborán Sea (Southern Spain, Western Mediterranean Sea). Zootaxa, 2014, 3753: 25-46.

Marco-Herrero E., Torres A.P., Cuesta J.A., Guerao G., Palero F., Abelló P. The systematic position of Ergasticus (Decapoda, Brachyura) and allied genera, a molecular and morphological approach. Zoologica Scripta, 2013, 42: 427-439.

Cuesta J.A., Guerao G., Schubart C.D., Anger K. Morphology and growth of the larval stages of Geograpsus lividus (Crustacea, Brachyura), with the descriptions of new larval characters for the Grapsidae and an undescribed setation pattern in extended developments. Acta Zoologica, 2011, 92: 225-240.

Reuschel S., Cuesta J.A., Schubart C.D. Marine biogeographic boundaries and human introduction along the European coast revealed by phylogeography of the prawn Palaemon elegans. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 2010, 55: 765-775.

Palacios-Theil E., Cuesta J.A., Campos E., Felder D.L. Molecular genetic re-examination of subfamilies and polyphyly in the family Pinnotheridae (Crustacea: Decapoda), pp. 457-474. In: Martin, J.W., Crandall, K.A., Felder, D.L., (eds.), Crustacean Issues: Decapod Crustacean Phylogenetics. Taylor & Francis/CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, 2009, 506 pp.

Cuesta J.A., Palacios-Theil E., Drake P., Rodríguez A. A new rare case of parental care in decapods. Crustaceana, 2006, 79: 1401-1405.

González-Ortegón E., Cuesta J.A. An illustrated key to species of Palaemon and Palaemonetes (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea) from European waters, including the alien species Palaemon macrodactylus. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 2006, 86: 93-102.

Cuesta J.A., González-Ortegón E., Drake P., Rodríguez A. First record of Palaemon macrodactylus Rathbun, 1902 (Decapoda, Caridea, Palaemonidae) from European waters. Crustaceana, 2004, 77: 377-380.

Cuesta J.A., Schubart C.D. Morphological and molecular differentiation between three allopatric populations of the Grapsid crab Pachygrapsus transversus (Gibbes, 1850) (Brachyura: Grapsidae: Grapsinae). Journal of the Natural History, 1998, 32: 1499-1507.