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

  • Functional morphology of the first pereiopod in crangonoid shrimps (Crustacea, Decapoda, Caridea, Crangonoidea)

    Wood, LE, De Grave, S
  • Callichirus garthi is a valid species, distinct from C-seilacheri (Decapoda: Axiidea: Callianassidae)

    Hernaez, P, Gamboa-Gonzalez, A, De Grave, S
  • Dead shrimp blues: a global assessment of extinction risk in freshwater shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea).

    De Grave, S, Smith, KG, Adeler, NA, Allen, DJ, Alvarez, F, Anker, A, Cai, Y, Carrizo, SF, Klotz, W, Mantelatto, FL, Page, TJ, Shy, J-Y
    et al
  • External morphology of eyes and Nebenaugen of caridean decapods-ecological and systematic considerations.

    Johnson, ML, Dobson, N, De Grave, S
  • Let's be pals again: major systematic changes in Palaemonidae (Crustacea: Decapoda).

    De Grave, S, Fransen, CHJM, Page, TJ
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