Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Plankton that consists of animals, including copepods, rotifers, jellyfish, and the larvae of sessile animals such as coral and sea anemones.

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  • noun zoology Free-floating small protozoa, crustaceans (such as krill), etc. and the eggs and larvae from larger animals.

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  • noun animal constituent of plankton; mainly small crustaceans and fish larvae

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Examples

  • When phytoplankton explode in population during the blooms, tiny animals called zooplankton - which include krill and other small crustaceans - likewise expand in number as they harvest the phytoplankton.

    Shifting spring: Arctic plankton blooming up to 50 days earlier now

  • One of the model's key assumptions was that bluefin like to spawn in waters full of organisms called zooplankton — waters that satellite data suggest were hit particularly hard by the spill.

    Tuna Fight Muddies Waters Over Damage From BP Spill

  • To her surprise, computer simulations and laboratory experiments at different temperatures involving microscopic ocean plants called phytoplankton and phytoplankton-eating animals called zooplankton showed their populations actually decreased with temperature.

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  • Experts say the whales gather each year off Cape Cod to feed off tiny marine creatures called zooplankton.

    Boston.com Top Stories

  • The decline may have occurred when the jellyfish food supply - fish and tiny floating animals called zooplankton - could no longer support their growing appetites, according to a

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Censusing the diverse, spectacular world of sea bugs called zooplankton

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  • Soon, however, tiny animals called zooplankton "graze down" the algae, and the population plunges.

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  • The decline may have occurred when the jellyfish food supply - fish and tiny floating animals called zooplankton - could no longer support their growing appetites, according to a

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Brett believes the reason is those researchers discounted the idea of zooplankton migration, the daily movement down to deeper waters during the daytime to hide from predatory fish.

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  • Based on captive breeding, Uye's team has found that the jellyfish are extremely efficient at filtering tiny creatures called zooplankton out of the water.

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