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plankton (singular plankter)

Term: plankton (singular plankter)

Origin: Anc Greek πλαγκτός/plagtos(="wandering, drifting)
Πλαγκτός <πλάζομαι/plazomai (=to drift)

Coined: by Victor Hensen (1835-1924) a German Physician and zoologist,  although plankton was described as  "animalcules" by Antoni van Leeuwenhoek in 1673 using a microscope of his own design.

Free floating microrganisms inhabiting in large amounts the surface layer of a sea or lake.  Plankton is divided in two major groups : zooplankton and phytoplankton. Phytoplankton are fundamentally important to life on Earth because it is  the beginning of the food chain. The most common phytoplankton are diatoms and dinoflagellates.
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