noun[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 periphytonMore 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.
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- 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'.
More definitions of periphytonDefinition of periphyton in:
- The US English dictionary