A review of the adaptive significance and ecosystem consequences of zooplankton diel vertical migrations

  title={A review of the adaptive significance and ecosystem consequences of zooplankton diel vertical migrations},
  author={G. Hays},
  • G. Hays
  • Published 2004
  • Biology
  • Hydrobiologia
  • Diel vertical migration (DVM) by zooplankton is a universal feature in all the World's oceans, as well as being common in freshwater environments. The normal pattern involves movement from shallow depths at night to greater depths during the day. For many herbivorous and omnivorous mesozooplankton that feed predominantly near the surface on phytoplankton and microzooplankton, minimising the risk of predation from fish seems to be the ultimate factor behind DVM. These migrants appear to use deep… CONTINUE READING
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