Definition of mesopelagic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɛsə(ʊ)pɪˈladʒɪk/
/ˌmɛzə(ʊ)pɪˈladʒɪk/ /ˌmiːsə(ʊ)pɪˈladʒɪk/ /ˌmiːzə(ʊ)pɪˈladʒɪk/


(Of fish and other organisms) inhabiting the intermediate depths of the sea, between about 200 and 1,000 metres (approximately 650 and 3,300 ft) down: many mesopelagic fish species have swim bladders
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  • Most mesopelagic species are either red or black and most deep-sea benthic species range from pale yellow to red.
  • Tooth morphology in this selection of mesopelagic fishes is quite diverse suggesting that their feeding strategies might be diverse as well.
  • Our results indicate that mesopelagic fish pose a stronger predatory threat than invertebrates to overwintering Calanus.

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