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The Antarctic Silverfish: a Keystone Species in a Changing Ecosystem

  • Marino Vacchi
  • Eva Pisano
  • Laura Ghigliotti

Part of the Advances in Polar Ecology book series (AVPE, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Evolution and Adaptations

  3. Ecology and Life History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Eric Tavernier, Carolina Giraldo
      Pages 113-130
    3. Laura Ghigliotti, Volodymyr V. Herasymchuk, Karl-Hermann Kock, Marino Vacchi
      Pages 173-192
    4. Julian Ashford, Lorenzo Zane, Joseph J. Torres, Mario La Mesa, Alexander R. Simms
      Pages 193-234
  4. Challenges and Conservation Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Richard L. O’Driscoll, Iole Leonori, Andrea De Felice, Gavin J. Macaulay
      Pages 237-252
    3. Philippe Koubbi, Susie Grant, David Ramm, Marino Vacchi, Laura Ghigliotti, Eva Pisano
      Pages 287-305
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 307-314

About this book


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.


Pleuragramma antarctica high Antarctic pelagic coastal system evolution adaptation ecology life history climate change conservation

Editors and affiliations

  • Marino Vacchi
    • 1
  • Eva Pisano
    • 2
  • Laura Ghigliotti
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR) - CNRGenoaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Earth, Environment and Life Sciences (DISTAV)University of GenoaGenoaItaly
  3. 3.Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR) - CNRGenoaItaly

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