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Sea Ice: Turbellaria

Turbellaria are common in Arctic and Antarctic sea ice. These animals appear to be herbivores, mainly feeding on sea ice diatoms. They can be dominant at certain times of the seasonal succession.

Sea ice turbellaria from Arctic sea ice. Gradinger/Bluhm/NOAA

 

Referenences:

Arctic sea ice turbellaria:

Gradinger, R. 1999. Integrated abundance and biomass of sympatic meiofauna in Arctic and Antarctic pack ice. Polar Biol. 22: 169-177

Friedrich, C., Hendelberg, J. (2001) On the ecology of Acoela living in Arctic sea ice. Belg. J. Zool., 131 (Supplement 1): 213-216

Antarctic sea ice turbellaria:

Janssen, H.H., Gradinger, R. (1999). Turbellaria (Archoophora: Acoela) from Antarctic sea ice endofauna - examination of their micromorphology. Polar Biol. 21:410-416