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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Obvious changes in habitat, such as amphibian metamorphosis or meroplanktonic larval settlement, certainly will cause ontogenetic diet changes that probably will alter an animal's [[Delta].
In planktonic larvae of meroplanktonic organisms, this behavioral trait maximizes dispersion/retention of individuals into favorable areas/layers to enhance recruitment.
The difference may stem from interactions between abiotic signals and biological responses--notably, the life histories of the meroplanktonic D.
The community was characterized by holoplanktonic and meroplanktonic organisms.
The influence of spatially and temporally varying oceanographic conditions on meroplanktonic metapopulations.
2003), even so, our data suggests that the continuing influence of an active upwelling center into the bay might be key in the formation of a retention zone of holo- and meroplanktonic populations.
Despite the species' key role in the beach ecosystem, the effects of modified abiotic conditions on the meroplanktonic larval stages and threshold temperatures involved have not yet been investigated.
Behaviour in flow: perspectives on the distribution and dispersion of meroplanktonic larvae in the water column.
Zooplankton abundance: The zooplankton community structure during the three oceanographic surveys included 105 species of copepods, eight species of euphausiids, six species of chaetognaths, and several meroplanktonic crustacean decapods including one species (Pleuroncodes planipes) and 31 families.
The five individuals with the lowest [Delta]15N ([less than]9[per thousand]) are plant feeders depending on either cattail detritus or a combination of cattail and meroplanktonic diatoms.