Pteropoda


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Pte`rop´o`da


n. pl.1.(Zool.) A class of Mollusca in which the anterior lobes of the foot are developed in the form of broad, thin, winglike organs, with which they swim at near the surface of the sea.
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The central and intertropical parts of the Atlantic swarm with Pteropoda, Crustacea, and Radiata, and with their devourers the flying- fish, and again with their devourers the bonitos and albicores; I presume that the numerous lower pelagic animals feed on the Infusoria, which are now known, from the researches of Ehrenberg, to abound in the open ocean: but on what, in the clear blue water, do these Infusoria subsist?
Among the holoplankton; copepoda, appendicularia, chaetognatha, doliolida, medusae, pteropoda, salpidae and siphonophora were encountered in every season, amphipoda was encountered in spring and winter, cumacea was encountered in winter, foraminifera was encountered in summer, autumn and winter, heteropoda and ostracoda was encountered in spring, autumn and winter, and radiolaria was encountered in spring and winter.
En la categoria "otros zooplancteres" se incluyo Ostracoda, Cladocera, Amphipoda, Chaetognatha, Pteropoda, Mysidacea y huevos de invertebrados e indeterminados, por presentarse en la dieta con frecuencia de ocurrencia <4%.
For every fifth capelin specimen, all prey items were identified according to broad taxonomic groups: Copepoda, Amphipoda, Euphausia, Pteropoda, molluscan veligers, brachyuran zoeae, Larvaecea, Cladocera, Chaetognatha, Isopoda, and fish eggs and larvae.