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Plankton that consists of animals, including copepods, rotifers, jellyfish, and the larvae of sessile animals such as coral and sea anemones.

zo′o·plank·ton′ic (-tŏn′ĭk) adj.
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(Biology) of or relating to zooplankton
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Benthic predators and zooplanktonic prey: Predation by Crangonyx shoemaker (Crustacea; Amphipoda) on Daphnia obtusa (Crustacea; Cladocera).
For this reason, we reviewed antibiotic and antifungal methods that have been used to obtain zooplanktonic and phytoplanktonic cultures free of bacterioplankton and mycoplankton.
carpio), where a very high initial density of zooplanktonic prey is required (Khadka & Rao, 1986).
Many copepods are symbiotically associated with phyto- or zooplanktonic organisms, and may complete their entire life cycle in planktonic communities.
The first intermediate host (species in which the procercoid develops) is probably brackish zooplanktonic copepods (7).
Zooplanktonic organisms can incorporate several elements or compounds from phytoplankton or by the diffusion from the surrounding water [14].
The average abundance of zooplanktonic species was highest in summer, spring, and winter, respectively.
Short-chain n-alkenes (n-[C.sub.21-]) composed of mixtures of n-[C.sub.15], n-[C.sub.17] and n-[C.sub.19] are derived from algal and zooplanktonic sources, whereas the higher plants are prone to produce long-chain n-alkenes [25].
Thus, the effects of fish predation on zooplankton communities are differently expressed in lake ecosystems, which can cause changes in the diversity and density of zooplanktonic species, the composition and biomass of phytoplankton and the physical and chemical conditions of the environment.