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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.


(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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The effects of food scarcity may nevertheless have different implications for the larvae of different species (Freeman, 1990; Mikami et al., 1995), whether at the beginning or toward the end of their meroplanktonic development (Calado et al., 2010).
Modelling the effect of temperature on hatching and settlement patterns of meroplanktonic organisms: the case of the octopus.
Meroplanktonic larvae were the major component representing 39.4% of the total zooplankton abundance.
The abundance of the meroplanktonic diatom Aulacoseira granulata in the diet of several taxa is in accordance with Bovo-Scomparin and Train (2008) who stated that this is an abundant species in the phytoplankton of lakes associated with Ivinhema River.
It is well established that meroplanktonic larvae are subject to extensive transport away from adult habitats and extensions of H.
Meroplanktonic distribution and circulation in a coastal retention zone of the northern California upwelling system.
Seasonal variations in the phytoplankton community, particularly in meroplanktonic dinoflagellates and physico-chemical characteristics of the water column during the sediment collection period were described by Morquecho and Lechuga-Deveze (2004).
Slackening of the current will allow meroplanktonic species to penetrate nearer to the coast, increasing species competition or leading to the dispersal and possible loss of coastal species.
Meroplanktonic larvae become entrained in these offshore-moving surface currents and accumulate at fronts where this upwelled water meets the offshore, southward-flowing water of the California Current (Roughgarden et al.
Obvious changes in habitat, such as amphibian metamorphosis or meroplanktonic larval settlement, certainly will cause ontogenetic diet changes that probably will alter an animal's [[Delta].sup.13]C.