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Relating to or inhabiting the uppermost layer of the water column of the open ocean, into which enough sunlight enters for photosynthesis to take place, extending in clear waters to a depth of about 200 meters (656 feet).


(Biology) of, relating to, or inhabiting the upper zone of the ocean from just below the surface to approximately 100 metres deep


(ˌɛp i pəˈlædʒ ɪk)

of or pertaining to the stratum of the oceanic zone where enough light is present for photosynthesis to occur.
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This species is a highly opportunistic predator foraging primarily in coastal and epipelagic waters (Arizmendi-Rodriguez et al., 2011).
Diets and trophic linkages of epipelagic fish predators in coastal Southeast Alaska during a period of warm and cold climate years, 1997-2011.
Carbon fluxes within the epipelagic zone of the Humboldt Current System off Chile: The significance of euphausiids and diatoms as key functional groups for the biological pump.
This epipelagic species is found in surface waters, and it swims solitary or in small groups, and it feeds on small fishes, particularly clupeids and engraulids (Golani et al., 2006; Collette, 2015).
The pomfrets of the family Bramidae are a group of temperate to tropical epipelagic fishes, typically found in the open ocean at depths from the surface to 1246 m (Mead 1972; Carvalho-Filho and others 2009).
Analysis of the spring-fall epipelagic ichthyoplankton community in the northern California Current in 2004-2009 and its relation to environmental factors.
found in both epipelagic (200) and littoral (201) waters, commonly
Watanabe et al., "A new drifting underwater camera system for observing spawning Japanese eels in the epipelagic zone along the West Mariana Ridge," Fisheries Science, vol.
It can migrate through both neritic and epipelagic environments usually forming interspecific schools with the Peruvian anchovy to feed.
Almost 90% of marine life lives in the top 200m of the sea, called the Epipelagic Zone
At the surface, there is the Epipelagic Zone -- that's in line with the Continental Shelf and the warmest part of the ocean.