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Salp Aggregation (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 451

Biotic Setting Planktonic Biota
Biotic Group Zooplankton
Biotic Subclass Gelatinous Zooplankton
Biotic Group Salp Aggregation
Biotic Community Pegia Aggregation
Thalia Aggregation


Description
Definition Water parcels in which salps (bag-like gelatinous filter-feeding tunicates) aggregate and are the dominant form of zooplankton. Many salps grow in a chain formation that can consist of 100 individuals or more, sometimes reaching 30 meters or greater in length, although much shorter chains are more common.