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Biology and Ecology of Antarctic Krill

  • Volker Siegel

Part of the Advances in Polar Ecology book series (AVPE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Volker Siegel, Jonathan L. Watkins
    Pages 21-100
  3. Bettina Meyer, Mathias Teschke
    Pages 145-174
  4. Simon N. Jarman, Bruce E. Deagle
    Pages 247-277
  5. Geraint A. Tarling, Sophie Fielding
    Pages 279-319
  6. Philip N. Trathan, Simeon L. Hill
    Pages 321-350
  7. Jaime Gómez-Gutiérrez, José Raúl Morales-Ávila
    Pages 351-386
  8. Stephen Nicol, Jacqueline Foster
    Pages 387-421
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 423-441

About this book


This book gives a unique insight into the current knowledge of krill population dynamics including distribution, biomass, production, recruitment, growth and mortality rates.   Detailed analysis is provided on food and feeding, reproduction and krill behaviour.  The volume provides an overview on the aspects of natural challenges to the species, which involve predation, parasites and the commercial exploitation of the resource and its management.
A chapter on genetics shows the results of population subdivision and summarizes recent work on sequencing transcriptomes for studying gene function as part of the physiology of live krill.
The focus of Chapter 4 is on physiological functions such as biochemical composition, metabolic activity and growth change with ontogeny and season; and will demonstrate which environmental factors are the main drivers for variability.  Further discussed in this chapter are the bottle necks which occur in the annual life cycle of krill, and the mechanisms krill have adapted to cope with severe environmental condition.


Genetics and physiology Resource management, Krill harvesting Antarctic krill Euphausia superba Dana, 1850 Life cycle and behaviour Predation, eggs and larvae

Editors and affiliations

  • Volker Siegel
    • 1
  1. 1.Thuenen Institute of Sea FisheriesHamburgGermany

Bibliographic information


“This book is a very timely overview of what we know for a keystone species of the Southern Ocean. ... everyone working on Southern Ocean marine ecosystems really does need to see this as a key resource.” (David Walton, The Bulletin, Vol. 48 (4), December, 2017)