epipelagic zone


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epipelagic zone

[¦ep·ə·pə′laj·ik ′zōn]
(oceanography)
The region of an ocean extending from the surface to a depth of about 600 feet (200 meters); light penetrates this zone, allowing photosynthesis.
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sierra is an opportunistic ichthyophagous predator in the coastal epipelagic zone, which has an impact on species that form dense schools (Anchoa and Eucinostomus species).
The use of transparency for crypsis by cranchiid squids relieves them of some of the selective pressure associated with the well-lit epipelagic zone (Seapy and Young, 1986; Seibel et al.
Northern smoothtongue migrate from the mesopelagic zone (200-1000 m) in the day to the epipelagic zone (0-200 m) after sunset (Sobolevsky et al.