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holoplankton

[hol-uh-plangk-tuh n, hoh-luh-] /ˌhɒl əˈplæŋk tən, ˌhoʊ lə-/
noun
1.
plankton that spend their entire life cycle as free-swimming organisms (opposed to hemiplankton).
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holoplanktonic
[hol-oh-plangk-ton-ik, hoh-loh-] /ˌhɒl oʊ plæŋkˈtɒn ɪk, ˌhoʊ loʊ-/ (Show IPA),
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Examples for holoplankton
  • Zooplankton can be divided into two sub-groups: holoplankton and meroplankton.
  • Spring blooms occur for both meroplankton and holoplankton while fall blooms tend to be restricted to the holoplankton.
  • In contrast, holoplankton spend their entire life as plankton, and include such organisms as copepods and large jellyfish.
  • Animals that spend their whole lives in the plankton are called holoplankton.
British Dictionary definitions for holoplankton

holoplankton

/ˌhɒləˈplæŋktən/
noun
1.
organisms, such as diatoms and algae, that spend all stages of their life cycle as plankton Compare meroplankton
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holoplankton in Science
holoplankton
  (hŏl'ə-plāngk'tən, hō'lə-)   
Plankton that remains free-swimming through all stages of its life cycle.
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