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Trends Ecol Evol. 1993 Sep;8(9):317-21. doi: 10.1016/0169-5347(93)90238-K.

The organization of zooplankton epibiont communities.

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Dept of Biology, University of Mississippi, University, MS 38677, USA; Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Crested Butte, CO 81224, USA.


Recent findings suggest that a diverse set of interactions exists between crustacean zooplankton and the algae, protozoans and metazoans that live attached to them. The frequent molting of the crustacean exoskeleton keeps these epibiont populations in a state of constant renewal and makes this epibiont community an ideal experimental system for examining the organization of communities whose populations are distributed among ephemeral habitat patches.

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