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  • n. marine detritus, of plant origin, that slowly sinks to the depths and is the food source for abyssal benthic communities

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Examples

  • "We speculate that this is part of a reproductive strategy allowing juveniles to feed off the remains of phytoplankton, 'phytodetritus', that rapidly sinks to the seafloor following the spring bloom," says Patrick Martin.

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  • Because these fish are eating spinach could they then possibly feed on phytodetritus and so be affected by changes in phytoplankton communities as a result of climate change?

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