Mass Mortality of Krill Caused by Parasitoid Ciliates

@article{GmezGutirrez2003MassMO,
  title={Mass Mortality of Krill Caused by Parasitoid Ciliates},
  author={Jaime G{\'o}mez‐Guti{\'e}rrez and William T Peterson and Alex De Robertis and Richard D. Brodeur},
  journal={Science},
  year={2003},
  volume={301},
  pages={339 - 339}
}
Euphausiids, commonly known as krill, often dominate pelagic crustacean productivity of the world’s oceans. The ecology of these crustaceans has been extensively studied, but sources of mortality remain poorly understood. Predation and starvation are traditionally assumed to be the most important causes of death; however, little attention has been given to the identification of other sources of natural mortality (1). Here we report on a ciliate parasite with significant infection rates in… 

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