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Gelatinous zooplankton

Gelatinous zooplankton are fragile animals that live in the water column in the ocean. They have very delicate bodies that are easily damaged or destroyed.[1] Gelatinous zooplankton are often transparent.[2] All ctenophores, medusae, salps, and Chaetognatha in coastal waters. However, almost all marine phyla, including Annelida, Mollusca and Arthropoda, contain gelatinous species, but many of those odd species live in the open ocean and the deep sea and are less available to the casual ocean observer.[3] Gelatinous zooplankton have also been called "Gelata".[4]


  1. ^ Lalli, C.M. & Parsons, T.R. (2001) Biological Oceanography. Butterworth-Heinemann.
  2. ^ Johnsen, S. (2000) Transparent Animals. Scientific American 282: 62-71.
  3. ^ Nouvian, C. (2007) The Deep. University of Chicago Press.
  4. ^ Haddock, S.D.H. (2004) A golden age of gelata: past and future research on planktonic ctenophores and cnidarians. Hydrobiologia 530/531: 549-556.

External links

  • Plankton Chronicles Short documentary films & photos
  • Ocean Explorer: Gelatinous zooplankton from the Arctic Ocean
  • Jellyfish and other gelatinous zooplankton
  • PLANKTON NET: information on all types of plankton including gelatinous zooplankton
  • (Nouvian, 2007)The DeepDeep-sea gelatinous zooplankton from

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