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, primarily aquatic arthropod of the subphylum Crustacea. Most of the 44,000 crustacean species are marine, but there are many freshwater forms. The few groups that inhabit terrestrial areas have not been particularly successful in an evolutionary sense; most require
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commercial name of planktonic marine crustaceans of the orders Euphausiacea (genera Thysanoessa and Euphausia) and Amhipoda (genus Themisto of the order Hyperioidea).
Krill accumulates mainly on the surface of water in the temperate and frigid zones of both hemispheres. It constitutes the food of whales, pinnipeds, pelagic fishes, and birds feeding on plankton. In winter krill sinks to the bottom where it serves as food for benthic fishes. A krill industry producing feed meal, fat, and food pastes has developed in the antarctic.