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A description of the post-naupliar development of Southern Ocean krill (Thysanoessa macrura)


Wallis, JR, A description of the post-naupliar development of Southern Ocean krill (Thysanoessa macrura), Polar Biology, 41, (12) pp. 2399-2407. ISSN 0722-4060 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s00300-018-2378-2


Southern Ocean krill (Thysanoessa macrura) is one of the most abundant euphausiid species in the Southern Ocean. Despite a wide distribution and high abundance this species remains poorly understood. Unique ecological traits of this species, including a late-winter reproductive period, highly omnivorous diet and large lipid deposits within the carapace, suggest T. macrura is attuned to the seasonal patterns of the Southern Ocean. The absence of the descriptions of T. macrura larval stages limits the development of a comprehensive understanding of the early life-history of this species. Here, I provide the first detailed descriptions of the post-naupliar larval developmental stages of T. macrura with accompanying photographic documentation. Three calyptopis and 6 furcilia stages were identified and described for T. macrura, providing an accessible guide for their identification in both historical samples and for future investigations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:larvae, ontogenesis, calyptopis, furcilia
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
UTAS Author:Wallis, JR (Dr Jake Wallis)
ID Code:131610
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Integrated Marine Observing System
Deposited On:2019-03-27
Last Modified:2019-05-07

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