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(English) Passively floating or only weakly swimming small aquatic organisms in a body of water, which drift in the ocean along with the water currents; planktonic organisms range in size from tiny plants and animals to rather large jellyfish and salps, and include the larval stages of many fishes. Opposite of nekton. (See also: zooplankton, phytoplankton, nekton)
(French) Les animaux qui flottent passivement ou qui nagent faiblement dans un corps d'eau, ce qui dérivent dans l'océan avec les courants d'eau ; les organismes planctoniques d'une gamme de taille entre des plantes et des animaux minuscules et des méduses plutôt grandes et des salpes, et qui inclut les stades larvaires de beaucoup de poissons. (See also: zooplankton, phytoplankton, nekton)
(Portuguese) Organismos que flutuam ou que nadam incipientemente numa massa de água e são transportados pelas correntes. Organismos que variam em tamanho de pequenos animais ou plantas a grandes medusas e salpas e inclue até os estadios larvares de peixe (ictioplâncton). (See also: zooplankton, phytoplankton, nekton)

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