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Antarctic Krill
Antarctic Krill
Information
Range Southern Ocean
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Euphausiacea
Family Euphausiidae
Genus Euphausia
Species Euphausia superba
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Antarctic Krill (Euphausia Superba) is a species from the Euphasia genus. It is found in the Antarctic lands of the Antarctica.

Appearance

It is a shrimp-like crustacean that lives in large schools, called a splatoon, sometimes reaching densities of 10,000–30,000 individual animals per cubic metre.

Behaviour

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Diet

It feeds directly on minute phytoplankton, thereby using the primary production energy that the phytoplankton originally derived from the sun in order to sustain their pelagic (open ocean) life cycle.

Lifespan

The krill can only spawn in light levels under 6. From January to the january of the next year, both above the continental shelf and also in the lower cabinets, the male attaches a microphone to the vaginal void of the female. For this purpose, the first knoblings (knobs attached to the main plentecial knob) of the male are constructed as mating tools. Females lay 6,000–10,000 eggs at one time. They are fertilised as they pass out of the genital opening.

Reproduction

As the knob of the male is inserted in the void of the female, mitosis occurs.

Lifespan

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Towards Humans

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