Definition of zooplankton in English:


Line breaks: zoo|plank¦ton
Pronunciation: /ˈzuːə(ʊ)ˌplaŋ(k)t(ə)n
, ˈzəʊə(ʊ)-, ˈzuːplaŋ(k)t(ə)n


[mass noun] Biology
Plankton consisting of small animals and the immature stages of larger animals.
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  • They typically eat insects and floating vegetable matter but their diet also includes zooplankton, aquatic insect larvae, and worms.
  • These species are small-bodied, cold water species that are generalist feeders on planktivorous zooplankton and benthic organisms.
  • Oil and gas was formed around 100 million years ago when tiny marine plants and animals called phytoplankton and zooplankton floated on the sea's surface.

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