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Crustaceans, the 'Insects' of the Deep Sea

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Channel: Natural World Facts
Categories: Biology   |   Environmental   |   Science  
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Crustaceans, of all the animal groups in the ocean, are by far the most successful. Coming in a boundless array of colours, shapes and sizes, crustaceans have diversified so much that they are often called the insects of the oceans, a title reflecting their remarkable diversity and abundance. But nowhere are they more weird and wonderful than in the deep sea, where crustaceans have adapted in countless ways in order to survive, and play key roles in the ecosystem. Lets take a closer look at these incredible invertebrates.

00:00 - Introduction
00:20 - The Diversity of Crustaceans
00:57 - The Structure of Crustaceans
01:46 - Adaptations of Deep Sea Crustaceans
02:00 - Decapods Explained (Adaptations of Crabs)
02:11 - Adaptations of Antarctic Krill
02:54 - The Importance of Krill in the Ecosystem
03:26 - The Role of Crustaceans in the Food Web
03:58 - Amphipods as Detrivores of the Deep Sea
04:55 - Adaptations of Deep Sea Amphipods
05:30 - Abyssal Gigantism in Amphipods
06:00 - The Supergiant Amphipod
06:22 - Abyssal Gigantism in Giant Isopods
06:51 - Conclusion: The Importance of Deep Sea Crustaceans
07:21 - The Deep Sea Hub


Footage used is from YouTube, NOAA, MBARI, OceanX, the Ocean Exploration Institute and the Schmidt Ocean Institute.

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Greenland Shark by Long Live Antarctica!, a good friend of mine. Check out the original track:

Namaste by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

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Dipper,F.(2016).The Marine World: A Natural History of Ocean Life.United Kingdom:Princeton University Press.

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