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periphyton Line breaks: per|iph¦yton
Pronunciation: /pəˈrɪfɪtɒn/

Definition of periphyton in English:


[mass noun] Ecology
Freshwater organisms attached or clinging to plants and other objects projecting above the bottom sediments: the tadpoles used in this experiment feed primarily on periphyton
More example sentences
  • They are commonly called ‘pondscum’, and make up the filamentous periphyton in ponds, growing on and around the larger aquatic plants.
  • A spongy, Dijon-colored city of algae and microscopic creatures that floats on the surface, periphyton cleanses the Everglades of excess nutrients and pollutants.
  • The tadpoles used in this experiment feed primarily on periphyton by scraping the surfaces of tank walls and leaves.


Example sentences
  • How important are rotifers to the ecology of springs and soils, interstitial, and periphytic habitats?
  • The presence of herbivores also increased periphytic nutrient content in some experiments.
  • A five-level light gradient experiment corroborated these findings: full sunlight suppressed periphytic accumulation.


1960s: from Greek peri- 'around' + phuton 'plant'.

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