The zooplankton includes a very wide variety of organisms. Every animal phylum represented in the sea, contributes at least to the meroplankton with eggs and larval stages, and it is beyond the scope of this book to attempt a comprehensive survey of the range of zooplankton organisms. Some excellent general accounts are now available, and several are listed at the end of this chapter. The purpose of this section is simply to mention the major groups of holoplanktonic animals with a few examples of species common in the north-east Atlantic.
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