planktotrophic

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

plankto +‎ -trophic

Adjective[edit]

planktotrophic (not comparable)

  1. (biology) That gain sustenance from plankton
    • 2001 October 26, C. L. Van Dover et al., “Biogeography and Ecological Setting of Indian Ocean Hydrothermal Vents”, in Science[1], volume 294, number 5543, DOI:10.1126/science.1064574, pages 818-823:
      In addition to an adult stage that is a capable swimmer, R. exoculata has a free-swimming, planktotrophic, post-larval stage that feeds on photosynthetically derived organic material and can be found as far as 100 km from a known vent field (53, 54 ).