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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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Epipelagic copepods in Bahia Cupica, Colombian Pacific: species composition, distribution and temporal variation.
The green turtle Chelonia mydas immediately after hatching at the beach, reaches the ocean and begins an oceanic period coupled with pelagic habitat and epipelagic feeding (Heppel et al.
Yellowfin tuna consumed mainly epipelagic crustaceans and mesopelagic squids, whereas epipelagic euphausiids and epipelagic flyingfish were the most abundant prey species in the stomach contents of skipjack tuna.
Almost 90% of marine life lives in the top 200m of the sea, called the Epipelagic Zone
The Pacific sierra Scomberomorus sierra Jordan & Starks, 1895, is an epipelagic neritic species which forms schools and spawns close to the coast on the continental shelf.
Consequently, females might sink through the epipelagic zone during the inflating process.
At the surface, there is the Epipelagic Zone -- that's in line with the Continental Shelf and the warmest part of the ocean.
austrodentatus Biozone are composed by almost pandemic species of the cosmopolitan epipelagic biotope (Cooper et al.
Piontkovski (Editors), The mesoscale structure of the epipelagic ecosystem of the open northern Arabian Sea, p.
Biology of eggs, larvae, and epipelagic juveniles of Sablefish, Anoplopoma fimbria, in relation to their potential use in management.