neuston


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neuston

(no͞o′stŏn, nyo͞o′-)
n.
The collection of microscopic and small organisms that inhabit the region on or just below the surface of a body of water.

neuston

organisms supported on the water surface.
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The neuston forms a boundary between the air and water that, although only of few centimeters thick (Hardy, 1991; Upstill-Goddard et al., 2003), covers 71% of the planet's surface.
* Hemiptera: viven en aguas continentales loticas y lenticas de baja velocidad; algunas especies (neuston) soportan un cierto grado de salinidad y temperaturas altas; se usan como un marcador biologico en aguas superficiales.
Active suction feeding involves repeated mouth openings that are used to take in the neuston layer as the animals move slowly at the surface of the water (Motta et al., 2010).
Most were collected on Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) research cruises between 1978 and 2006 using the following gear types: Sameoto neuston (neuston net; Sameoto and Jaroszynski 1969), bongo net (60-cm with 500-[micro]m mesh), Tucker trawl (1-[m.sup.2] with 500-[micro]m mesh; Tucker 1951), Methot trawl (Methot 1986), and Multiple Opening/Closing Net and Environmental Sensing System (MOCNESS; 1-[m.sup.2] with 500-[micro]m mesh; Wiebe and others 1976).
The quantitative distribution and characteristics of neuston plastic in the North Pacific Ocean, 1984-1988.
Mullet do not graze on grass, but scrape and suck off microscopic plants/bacteria growing on sand/mud substrates, microcrustaceans and dead plant and animal matter (we call detritus) and the rich layer of microscopic organisms on the water's surface (neuston).
Los analisis fueron realizados a partir de cuatro habitats de microorganismos reconocidos en el sistema marino: bio peliculas, sedimentos o lodos, neuston y agua subsuperficial, Figura 1.
Temporal variation in diversity and community structure of a semi-isolated neuston community.
En C se observan procariotas filamentosos muy delgados, de adscripcion taxonomica desconocida, cuyo grosor esta en el limite de la resolucion de la microscopia optica, colonizadores de la fina pelicula superficial del neuston de las aguas.
Ovigerous female Crangon have also been collected from the offshore neuston of the Bay of Fundy in March and October (but not in July-August), but the egg stage was not determined (Locke & Corey 1988).