meroplankton


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mer·o·plank·ton

 (mĕr′ə-plăngk′tən)
n.
The collection of organisms in the plankton that spend only part of their life cycle, usually the larval or egg stage, drifting freely in the water.

mer′o·plank·ton′ic (-tŏn′ĭk) adj.

meroplankton

(ˌmɛrəʊˈplæŋktən)
n
(Biology) plankton consisting of organisms at a certain stage of their life cycles, esp larvae, the other stages not being spent as part of the plankton community. Compare holoplankton
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A ten-year study of meroplankton in North Carolina estuaries: Annual occurrence of some brachyuran developmental stages.
During January, crustacean herbivores such as euphausiids and amphipods were dominants, and other groups including polychaetes, pteropods and some groups of meroplankton such as fish and decapod larvae were also present.
29 species of copepods, 4 species of cladocera, 11 groups of holoplankton and 9 groups of meroplankton were determined in spring; 17 species of copepods, 4 species of cladocera and 8 groups of holoplankton and meroplankton, respectively, were determined in summer; 23 species of copepods, 2 species of cladocera, 10 groups of holoplankton and 7 groups of meroplankton were determined in autumn and 34 species of copepods, 12 groups of holoplankton and 7 groups of meroplankton were determined in winter.
Multicellular eukaryotes begin colonizing the surface within several weeks and include settlement of meroplankton larvae and algal spores.
Copepods dominated the zooplankton abundance, while fish larvae and crustacean larvae were the principal groups of the meroplankton (Morales & Murillo, 1996).
Rotifers, cladocerans, and meroplankton (pelagic juveniles of demersal species) were identified to the lowest possible taxonomic level.
Seasonal and food web relationships of marine organisms in the nearshore zone of Kodiak Island - including ichthyoplankton, meroplankton (shellfish), zooplankton, and fish.
The highest density of diatoms, mainly of Aulacoseira granulata, meroplankton algae and R-strategist, common in river plankton, reflect the suitable conditions for the development of the group, especially at lower temperatures and lower concentrations of nutrients, as shown by the negative correlation with these factors.
Testing the hypothesis that meroplankton (bivalve larvae) are transported offshore by upwelling.
Seasonal composition and food web relationships of marine organisms in the nearshore zone of Kodiak Island including ichthyoplankton, meroplankton (shellfish), zooplankton, and fish.
Peak abundance of meroplankton was coincident with bloom conditions of P.