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Barrukia cristata (Willey, 1902)

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Description

Barrukia cristata has a scale-covered, flattened body, up to 6.5cm long.

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Species details

Adaptations within Antarctic Ecosystems: 3rd SCAR Symposium on Antarctic Biology. Washington.

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Species distribution

5 to 1,120m, found commonly in mud from Sub-Antarctica to the Antarctic Peninsula and Continent.

Barrukia cristata is an ambush predator whose diet is reported to include crustaceans. It is known to be eaten by Trematomus fish. Individuals probably live for not much longer than a year and a half, and population studies indicate that three generations are produced per year.

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