Some ecological and physiological features of the Antarctic clam, Laternula elliptica (King and Broderip) in a nearshore habitat on King George Island
- Some ecological and physiological features of the Antarctic clam, Laternula elliptica (King and Broderip) in a nearshore habitat on King George Island
- Ahn, I.-Y.; Chung, H.; Choi, K.-S.
- The Antarctic clam Laternula elliptica, is one of the most representative benthic invertebrates in the Antarctic nearshore waters. Endemic to the Antarctic, L. elliptica is widely distributed around the Antarctica occurring as dense patches in shallow sheltered areas and exhibits high biomass. Despite its apparent ecological importance, L. elliptica has rarely been studied until recently probably due to difficulties in sampling in the ice-impacted waters. Recent studies have revealed various aspects of its ecology and physiology. In this review, some physiological and ecological characteristics of this species are discussed in relation to some prevailing features of its habitat environment, in particular physical instability of habitat substrates and extreme seasonality of food availability.
- Ocean and Polar Research, v.23, no.4, pp.419 - 424, 2001
- benthic infauna; ecology; food availability; habitat availability; mollusc; nearshore environment; physiology; Antarctica; Laternula elliptica
- Antarctic clam; Distribution; Food; Growth; Ice impacts; Laternula elliptica
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