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Limacina helicina (helicid pteropod)

Synonyms: Argonauta arctica; Clio helicina; Limacina helicialis; Limacina helicina subsp. helicina; Spiratella helicina; Spiratella limacina; Spiratella planospira

Wikipedia Abstract

Limacina helicina is a species of small swimming predatory sea snail in the family Limacinidae, which belong to the group commonly known as sea butterflies (Thecosomata). Limacina helicina is a keystone species of mesozooplankton in Arctic pelagic ecosystems. The first written record of this species was by Friderich Martens from Spitsbergen in 1675. Limacina helicina was also observed during an 1773 expedition to the Arctic led by Constantine John Phipps on the ships HMS Racehorse and on HMS Carcass and the species was described one year later, in 1774.
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Prey / Diet

Apherusa glacialis[1]
Calanoides acutus[1]
Calanus finmarchicus[1]
Calanus glacialis[1]
Calanus hyperboreus[1]
Codonellopsis gaussi[1]
Cymatocylis antarctica[1]
Euphausia crystallorophias (ice krill)[1]
Limacina helicina (helicid pteropod)[1]
Metridia gerlachei[1]
Metridia longa[1]
Oithona setigera[1]
Onisimus glacialis[1]
Onisimus nanseni[1]
Pelagobia longicirrata[1]


Aetideopsis antarctica[1]
Alacia belgicae[1]
Alle alle (Little Auk)[1]
Anoplopoma fimbria (Skil)[1]
Antarctomysis ohlinii[1]
Boreogadus saida (Polar cod)[1]
Calanus propinquus[1]
Clione limacina (Naked sea butterfly)[1]
Clupea harengus (Yawling)[1]
Clupea pallasii (Pacific herring)[1]
Ctenocalanus vanus[1]
Diaphus theta (California headlightfish)[2]
Electrona antarctica (Lanternfish)[1]
Epimeriella macronyx[1]
Eukrohnia hamata[1]
Euphausia crystallorophias (ice krill)[1]
Fulmarus glacialis (Northern Fulmar)[1]
Gadus chalcogrammus (Whiting)[1]
Gadus morhua (rock cod)[1]
Hippoglossoides platessoides (American dab)[1]
Hyperia macrocephala[1]
Hyperiella dilatata[1]
Hyperiella macronyx[1]
Hypomesus pretiosus (Surf smelt)[1]
Leuroglossus schmidti (northern smoothtongue)[1]
Limacina helicina (helicid pteropod)[1]
Melanogrammus aeglefinus (Smokie)[1]
Merlangius merlangus (Whiting)[1]
Metridia gerlachei[1]
Microcalanus pygmaeus[1]
Micromesistius poutassou (Poutassou)[1]
Nansenia candida (Bluethroat argentine)[2]
Nototheniops larseni (Painted notie)[1]
Oithona frigida[1]
Oithona similis[1]
Oncaea curvata[1]
Oncorhynchus gorbuscha (humpbacked salmon)[1]
Oncorhynchus keta (Calico salmon)[1]
Oncorhynchus kisutch (coho salmon or silver salmon)[1]
Oncorhynchus nerka (sockeye salmon or kokanee)[1]
Oncorhynchus tshawytscha (chinook salmon or king salmon)[1]
Pagothenia borchgrevinki (Bald notothen)[3]
Paraeuchaeta antarctica[1]
Paraeuchaeta erebi[1]
Paraeuchaeta similis[1]
Pelagobia longicirrata[1]
Pleuragramma antarctica (Antarctic silverfish)[1]
Pseudosagitta gazellae[1]
Ptychoramphus aleuticus (Cassin's Auklet)[1]
Sardinops sagax (Australian pilchard)[4]
Scomber scombrus (Split)[1]
Sebastes ciliatus (Rockfish)[1]
Sebastes flavidus (Yellowtail rockfish)[1]
Sebastes melanops (Black bass)[1]
Sebastes mentella (Redfish)[1]
Squalus acanthias (Common spiny)[1]
Stenobrachius leucopsarus (Smallfin lanternfish)[5]
Stephos longipes[1]
Tarletonbeania crenularis (Blue lanternfish)[5]
Thysanoessa macrura[1]
Trematomus bernacchii (Emerald notothen)[6]
Trematomus hansoni (Striped rockcod)[1]
Trematomus pennellii (Sharp-spined notothen)[1]
Trematomus scotti (Crowned rockcod)[1]
Triconia antarctica[1]
Triglops pingelii (Ribbed sculpin)[1]


East Pacific; North America; Western Atlantic Ocean;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2Yang, M-S. 2011. Diet of nineteen mesopelagic fishes in the Gulf of Alaska. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-229, 67 p.
3A balanced model of the food web of the Ross Sea, Antarctica, M.H. Pinkerton, S.M. Hanchet, J. Bradford-Grieve, CCAMLR Science, Vol. 17 (2010)
4Diet analysis of Pacific sardine (Sardinops sagax) off the west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia from 1997 to 2008, Gordon McFarlane, Jacob Schweigert, Jackie Detering and Vanessa Hodes, Pacific Biological Station, Fisheries & Oceans Canada
5The Feeding Habits of Three Species of Lanternfishes (Family Myctophidae) off Oregon, USA, H. R. Tyler, Jr. and W. G. Pearcy, Marine Biology 32, 7-11 (1975)
6Trophic ecology of the emerald notothen Trematomus bernacchii (Pisces, Nototheniidae) from Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea, Antarctica, M. La Mesa, M. DalĂș, M. Vacchi
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