Presentation on theme: "Lecture Goals Introduction to the major groups of zooplankton"— Presentation transcript:
1 Lecture Goals Introduction to the major groups of zooplankton Discussion of common and distinguishing characteristics of these groupsImportant controls on distribution and abundance of zooplankton
2 Approach to Freshwater Animals Descriptions of major groups, organized taxonomically when possibleSome morphology, but I will focus on life history and ecologyLife History: changes experienced by an individual between birth and death that determine habitat requirements, ecology, and reproductive outputEcology: interactions among species, or between the focal species (stage) and physical habitat
3 What are zooplankton?Microscopic animals that float freely in the water columnVery important as primary consumers – converting energy from phytoplankton to a form that can be used by larger animalsImportant food base for secondary consumers, including fish
4 Major groups of freshwater zooplankton RotifersCladoceransCopepods
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