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Microzooplankton: The microscopic (micro) animals (zoo) of the plankton

By John Dolan
The plankton encompasses an incredibly diverse group of organisms, ranging in size from viruses to large jellyfish, united only by the fact they are all weak swimmers and so are largely transported by the movement of the water, drifting about in the sea. This set of organisms includes within it the base of the food web in the ocean, the primary producers, or the marine equivalent of plants, the phytoplankton. On land plants are generally large because they require special and complicated structures to obtain water, carry out photosynthesis, and to reproduce. [...]

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