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periphyton

División en sílabas: pe·riph·y·ton
Pronunciación: /pəˈrifəˌtän
 
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Definición de periphyton en inglés:

sustantivo

Ecology
Freshwater organisms attached to or clinging to plants and other objects projecting above the bottom sediments.
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.

Origen

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

Derivados

periphytic

1
Pronunciación: /ˌperəˈfitik/
adjetivo
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.

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