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Northern krill
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Euphausiacea
Family: Euphausiidae
Genus: Meganyctiphanes
Holt & Tattersall, 1905
M. norvegica
Binomial name
Meganyctiphanes norvegica
(M. Sars, 1857)
  • Euphausia intermedia
  • Euphausia lanei Holt & Tattersall, 1905
  • Meganyctiphanes calmani
  • Nyctiphanes norvegicus G. O. Sars, 1883
  • Thysanopoda norvegica

Northern krill (Meganyctiphanes norvegica) is a species of krill that lives in the North Atlantic Ocean. It is an important component of the zooplankton, providing food for whales, seals, fish and birds. (In the Southern Ocean, Antarctic krill Euphausia superba fills a similar role.) M. norvegica is the only species recognised in the genus Meganyctiphanes.[1]


  1. ^ Volker Siegel (2011). Volker Siegel (ed.). "Meganyctiphanes Holt & Tattersall, 1905". World Euphausiacea database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved February 26, 2011.

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