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zooplankton

[zoh-uh-plangk-tuh n] /ˌzoʊ əˈplæŋk tən/
noun
1.
the aggregate of animal or animallike organisms in plankton, as protozoans.
Compare phytoplankton.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; zoo- + plankton
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Examples for zooplankton
  • The other student roared off in hot pursuit of zooplankton.
  • The more salmon, the more zooplankton, and the more algae flourish in the lake.
  • But jellyfish are carnivores, so they depend on the herbivorous zooplankton feeding from the algae.
  • To take a specific example, zooplankton feed on phytoplankton, but they are eaten by fish that visually track them.
  • Their food of choice is jellyfish, though they will eat small fish and huge amounts of zooplankton and algae as well.
  • They will also filter-feed on zooplankton and other small organisms and have even been observed eating kelp.
  • Trillions of diatoms, zooplankton, and crustaceans pepper the ice column.
  • As the mud settled, tiny organisms called zooplankton were buried in the sediments.
  • They then journey out to sea, where they grow rapidly, feeding mainly on zooplankton.
  • Then as the zooplankton devour the algae, the ocean gradually turns bluer and bluer as the summer progresses.
British Dictionary definitions for zooplankton

zooplankton

/ˌzəʊəˈplæŋktən/
noun
1.
the animal constituent of plankton, which consists mainly of small crustaceans and fish larvae Compare phytoplankton
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zooplankton in Science
zooplankton
  (zō'ə-plāngk'tən)   
Plankton that consists of tiny animals, such as rotifers, copepods, and krill, and of microorganisms once classified as animals, such as dinoflagellates and other protozoans.
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