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Aquatic Science


Producer Plants
Consumer organism in nutriton cycle
Herbivore eats plants
Carnivore eats meat
Omnivore eats meat and plants
Detrivore eats decay
Decomposer decays and breaks down matter
Scavenger eats the dead
Photosynthesis process where plants create their own food
Epiflora sea plants that live on the bottom of the sea
Epifauna sea organisms that live on the bottom of the sea
Infauna animals living in the sediments on the ocean floor
Sessile fixed in one place, immoble
Taxonomy the classification of organisms
Holdfast attaches the plant to rocky reefs on the oceans bottom
Phylogentic Classification A phylogenetic tree or evolutionary tree is a branching diagram or "tree" showing the inferred evolutionary relationships...
Scientific name name issued to organisms by scientists upon discovery
Nekton free swimming organisms
Benthos flora and fauna found on ocean floor
Plankton The small and microscopic organisms drifting or floating in the sea or fresh water
Zooplankton animal plankton
Phytoplankton plant plankton
Diatoms single celled algae
Dinoflagellates single celled organisms with two flagella
Holoplankton organisms that remain planktonic for entire life
Meroplankton planktonic for only parrt of their life
Megaplankton extra large zoo plankton
Pelagic Zone Any water in the sea that is not close to the bottom or near to the shore
Euphotic Zone depth of water exposed to light
Aphotic Zone no light penetrates water
Filter Feeder Organisms that gains nutrition by filtering the nutrients in surrounding water and ingesting them.
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