zooplankton

noun
zoo·plank·ton | \ ˌzō-ə-ˈplaŋ(k)-tən , -ˌtän \

Definition of zooplankton 

: plankton composed of animals

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zooplanktonic \ˌzō-ə-ˌplaŋ(k)-ˈtä-nik \ adjective

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Coral feed on small organisms like zooplankton and algae and need stable conditions. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "This 'Secret Garden' of Coral May Be 1,000 Years Old," 15 May 2018 This suggests that the group was feeding on zooplankton rather than mating, according to Leah Crowe, a field biologist at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Service, and the study’s lead author. Fox News, "Hundreds of 30-foot sharks swimming in massive swarms baffle scientists," 17 Apr. 2018 The analysis suggests the zooplankton was high in the days following the shark grouping, which had an abundance of juveniles. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Massive Gathering of Mysterious Basking Sharks Found in Aerial Photos," 13 Apr. 2018 Take, for example, the misadventures of a zooplankton called a copepod. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Robot Microscopes Demystify Plankton, the Sea's Most Vital Residents," 22 Mar. 2018 Elsewhere Winderen draws exclusively on sources from nature, such as the hydrophone recordings that constitute her 2016 piece The Wanderer, a 31-minute investigation of zooplankton and phytoplankton. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Norwegian artist Jana Winderen finds music hidden within natural sounds," 29 Mar. 2018 This abundance of phytoplankton allows for an abundance of zooplankton—small crustaceans that eat the phytoplankton. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Herring could actually benefit from ocean acidification," 25 Mar. 2018 For ages, the phytoplankton fed the zooplankton, which were eaten by small, foraging fish. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "Invasive mussels help Lake Michigan surpass Superior in clarity but threaten food chain," 26 Jan. 2018 There are more salt-tolerant zooplankton species now than there were before road salt was widely used. Jamie Summers, Philly.com, "Snow is coming. Should we rethink using salt on the roads?," 8 Dec. 2017

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1897, in the meaning defined above

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