King crabs threaten seafloor life near Antarctica | University of Hawaii News


“This is a very interesting discovery for several reasons,” said Craig Smith, Professor of Oceanography at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. “First, it provides evidence that king crabs can now disperse across the Antarctic shelf, and reproduce in at least some Antarctic shelf waters. It also suggests that these predatory king crabs will cause a major reduction on seafloor biodiversity as they invade Antarctic habitats because they appear to be eating all the echinoderms in the Palmer Deep.”

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Mānoa: Researchers discover king crabs threaten seafloor life near Antarctica | University of Hawaii News.

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