meroplankton


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meroplankton

[¦mer·ə′plaŋk·tən]
(biology)
Plankton composed of floating developmental stages (that is, eggs and larvae) of the benthos and nekton organisms. Also known as temporary plankton.
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Among the samples, copepods and cladocera were analyzed at species or genus level, while other holoplankton and meroplankton were analyzed at group level.
Some meroplankton forms like echinoderm or mollusk larvae were associated with wind and surge, the latter two environmental variables were strongly associated (Fig.
Rotifers, copepods, cladocerans, and meroplankton dominate in the northeastern Gulf of Riga (Kotta et al.
Observations on the distribution of meroplankton during a down-welling event and associated intrusion of the Chesapeake Bay estuarine plume.
During their period in the planktonic medium, the organisms of the meroplankton pass through different stages of morphological transformation until they reach their juvenile phase, very similar in form to the adult.
Of note and potential interest to fish recruitment success is that the larvae of certain epibenthic (reef) organisms can be very abundant at times in the meroplankton, e.
Such observations probably reflect both the temporal instability of the current patterns themselves and the fact that meroplankton will not always disperse as passive particles (Burton and Feldman 1982).
Such animals are termed holoplankton, while the temporary residents of the plankton (such as the larval forms) are called meroplankton.
During the CIMAR 16 Fjords cruise, 238,673 ind were counted from the meroplankton and holoplankton taxa (41.
The larvae of Macrobrachium rosenbergii live in an estuarine meroplankton (John 1957, George 1969) and take part in the dynamics of this environment.
Eleven meroplankton groups were identified in the mesozooplankton of Guarairas, including larvae of Gastropoda and Pelecypoda, Cirripedia, Brachyura and Polychaeta.
In this study, we examine whether behavioral changes in meroplankton in response to haloclines are associated with salinity-induced mortality.