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neus·ton

 (no͞o′stŏn, nyo͞o′-)
n.
The collection of microscopic and small organisms that inhabit the region on or just below the surface of a body of water.

[Greek neuston, neuter of neustos, swimming, from nein, to swim; see (s)nāu- in Indo-European roots.]

neuston

(ˈnjuːstən)
n
1. (Zoology) organisms, similar to plankton, that float on the surface film of open water
2. (Zoology) the ecosystem of the surface film of open water in which such organisms as copepods graze on tiny flagellates, bacteria, etc
[C20: via German from Greek neustos swimming, from nein to swim]
neusˈtonic adj

neus•ton

(ˈnu stɒn, ˈnyu-)

n.
the aggregate of minute aquatic organisms that float or swim in the surface film of a body of water.
[1925–30; < German (1917) < Greek, n. use of neuter of neustós swimming, verbal adj. of neîn to swim]
neus′tic, neus•ton′ic, adj.
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Effects of temperature and food availability on growth and reproduction in the neustonic pedunculate barnacle Lepas anserifera.
Distribution of neustonic sablefish larvae and associated ichthyoplankton in the eastern Gulf of Alaska, May 1990.
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Neustonic postlarval American lobsters, Homarus americanus, in the western Gulf of Maine: spatial and interannual variations.
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