epipelagic


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epipelagic

[¦ep·ə·pə′laj·ik]
(oceanography)
Of or pertaining to the portion of oceanic zone into which enough light penetrates to allow photosynthesis.
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Jumbo squid and Panama lightfish make vertical migrations to the epipelagic area at night to feed (Olson and Boggs, 1986; Galvan-Magafia, 1988).
Epipelagic egg mass of the squid Sthenoteuthis pteropus collected in the tropical eastern Atlantic.
In the Beaufort Sea, wind direction plays an important role in the epipelagic fish community (Jarvela and Thorsteinson, 1999).
The functions of nematocysts in prey capture by epipelagic siphonophores (Coelenterata, Hydro/0a).
Now, largely thanks to the dedication of Randall and Cea, the current fauna of the island stands at 169 species of which 139 can be classified as shorefishes and 26 are epipelagic inhabitants.
Zones of the ocean column: epipelagic, closest to the surface,
After the editors introduce the objectives of the study, contributors give a brief history of the ocean ecology of salmon in the northeast Pacific Ocean, compare coastal distributions of juvenile salmon from central California to the northern Gulf of Alaska, describe stock-specific migrations of juvenile coho derived from coded-wire tag recoveries, describe epipelagic fish assemblages in the neritic waters of the California and Alaska Currents, analyze motile salmon lice, compare feeding patterns, describe regional variations in the marine growth and energy accumulation of juvenile Chinook and coho, and give mortality rates for chum salmon during their early life in the open sea.
Primary production and decomposition of organic matter in the epipelagic zone of the Gulf of Gdansk, an estuary of the Vistula.
High-seas fish species can be broken into epipelagic species (tuna, marlin, or scad for example) and deep-water species (for example roughy, oreo, or toothfish).
1) EPIPELAGIC ZONE: Sunlight easily penetrates this zone, making living plants plentiful.
Even so, we found moderate number of dives under the trend (Figure 3b), suggesting that cormorants were feeding on epipelagic schooling fish instead of demersal species, therefore capturing prey in shallow waters during high tides.