What is zooplankton?

  • (noun): Animal constituent of plankton; mainly small crustaceans and fish larvae.

Zooplankton

Zooplankton /ˌzoʊ.əˈplæŋktən/ are heterotrophic (sometimes detritivorous) plankton. Plankton are organisms drifting in oceans, seas, and bodies of fresh water. The word "zooplankton" is derived from the Greek zoon (ζῴον), meaning "animal", and planktos (πλαγκτός), meaning "wanderer" or "drifter". Individual zooplankton are usually too small to be seen with the naked eye, but some, such as jellyfish, are large.

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Zooplankton - Ecology
... Zooplankton is a categorisation spanning a range of organism sizes including small protozoans and large metazoans ... Although zooplankton are primarily transported by ambient water currents, many have locomotion, used to avoid predators (as in diel vertical migration) or to increase prey encounter rate ... Ecologically important protozoan zooplankton groups include the foraminiferans, radiolarians and dinoflagellates (the latter are often mixotrophic) ...
Census Of Marine Zooplankton
... The Census of Marine Zooplankton is a field project of the Census of Marine Life that has aimed to produce a global assessment of the species diversity, biomass ...
Gelatinous Zooplankton
... Gelatinous zooplankton are fragile animals that live in the water column in the ocean ... Gelatinous zooplankton are often transparent ... All jellyfish are gelatinous zooplankton, but not all gelatinous zooplankton are jellyfish ...
Canary Current - Upwelling - Upwelling and Zooplankton
... Zooplankton, such as copepods, take longer to respond to the abundance of food available because they have life cycles of weeks rather than days ... Zooplankton in the Canary Current reach their peak density in autumn when upwelling intensity decreases ... The decrease in upwelling allows the zooplankton to stay over the shelf where their food supply exists ...
Bythotrephes Longimanus - Impact in Introduced Areas
... The spiny water flea's diet consists mostly of Daphnia zooplankton, leading to competition with small and baby fish, and also with native water flea ... Daphnia zooplankton populations have declined in recent years though there is no conclusive evidence as to the cause ... The problem is that it feeds on zooplankton and can actually eliminate zooplankton species ...