Zooplankton fauna

Naomi, T S and Mathew, Ansy and George, J P and Giri, Sunirmal and Kaliamoorthy, M (2005) Zooplankton fauna. CMFRI Special Publication Mangrove ecosystems: A manual for the assessment of biodiversity, 83 . pp. 36-82.



The zooplankton population consists of minute animals living freely in water with limited powers of locomotion and is more or less drifted passively by water currents. Almost every major group of animals, either as adults, larvae or as both has its representatives in planktonic existence. Many of the commercially important prawns, mussels, other shellfishes and finfishes start their life as plankters. The communities of zooplankton form the vital intermediary link in the food chain of the sea both as consumers of the primary producers and as contributors to the higher trophic level. Many species are proven indicators of pollution, water mass, cold, warm, surface or deep waters, upwelling characteristics and of the coastal or estuarine environment depending on the time of their occurrence and the ambient ecological parameters.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Zooplankton; Mangrove
Subjects:Marine Biology > Zooplanktons
Marine Ecosystems > Mangroves
Divisions:CMFRI-Cochin > Fishery Environment
ID Code:3689
Deposited By:Arun Surendran
Deposited On:04 Oct 2010 12:45
Last Modified:04 Oct 2010 12:45

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