Advances in Polar Ecology

The Antarctic Silverfish: a Keystone Species in a Changing Ecosystem

Editors: Vacchi, Marino, Pisano, Eva, Ghigliotti, Laura (Eds.)

  • Advances the knowledge of coastal Antarctic ecosystems
  • Provides a unique insight into the ecological role of Antarctic silverfish
  • Describes the transition of the silverfish from benthic habits to the pelagic realm
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This book encompasses the body of available scientific information on the notothenioid fish Pleuragramma antarctica commonly known as Antarctic silverfish. This plankton-feeder of the intermediate trophic level is the most abundant fish in the coastal regions of high Antarctica, and plays a pivotal ecological role as the main prey of top predators like seals, penguins, whales and Antarctic toothfish. Broad circum-polar distribution, a key role in the Antarctic shelf pelagic ecosystem, and adaptations makes understanding the species’ likely response to environmental change relevant to foresee the potential responses at the local ecosystem level. Additionally, a detailed understanding of the abundance and trophic interactions of such a dominant keystone species is a vital element of informing the development of marine spatial planning and marine protected areas in the Antarctic continental shelf region.

Experts in the field provide here unique insights into the evolutionary adaptation, eco-physiology, trophic ecology, reproductive and population ecology of the Antarctic silverfish and provide new clues about its vulnerability in facing the challenges of the ongoing environmental changes.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Evolution Reshaped Life for the Water Column: The Skeleton of the Antarctic Silverfish Pleuragramma antarctica Boulenger, 1902

    Voskoboinikova, Olga (et al.)

    Pages 3-26

  • Coping with Ice: Freeze Avoidance in the Antarctic Silverfish (Pleuragramma antarctica) from Egg to Adult

    Evans, Clive W. (et al.)

    Pages 27-46

  • The Unique Haemoglobin System of Migratory Pleuragramma antarctica: Correlation of Haematological and Biochemical Adaptations with Mode of Life

    Prisco, Guido (et al.)

    Pages 47-65

  • Pro-oxidant Challenges and Antioxidant Adaptation of Pleuragramma antarctica in Platelet Ice

    Benedetti, Maura (et al.)

    Pages 67-89

  • Diet and Trophic Ecology of Adult Antarctic Silverfish (Pleuragramma antarctica)

    Pinkerton, Matthew H.

    Pages 93-111

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eBook $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-55893-6
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Hardcover $129.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Antarctic Silverfish: a Keystone Species in a Changing Ecosystem
Editors
  • Marino Vacchi
  • Eva Pisano
  • Laura Ghigliotti
Series Title
Advances in Polar Ecology
Series Volume
3
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-55893-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-55893-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-55891-2
Series ISSN
2468-5712
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 314
Number of Illustrations and Tables
26 b/w illustrations, 41 illustrations in colour
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