pertaining to the midwaters of the ocean between 200 and 1100 (or 100-1000m or 150-2000) metres (sources differ). Generally characterized by dim light and steep temperature gradients

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  • Mesopelagic — The mesopelagic (Greek μέσον, middle) (also known as the middle pelagic or twilight zone ) is a pelagic zone extending from 200 m (650 ft.) down to around 1000 m (3280 ft.) below sea level. It is located between the photic epipelagic and the… …   Wikipedia

  • mesopelagic — /mizoʊpəˈlædʒɪk/ (say meezohpuh lajik) adjective of, relating to, or inhabiting the mesopelagic zone. {meso + pelagic} …   Australian-English dictionary

  • mesopelagic — ¦me|zō, ¦mē|, |sōˌ adjective Etymology: mes + pelagic : of, relating to, or inhabiting oceanic depths from about 600 to 3000 feet mesopelagic fish …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mesopelagic zone — Aquatic layers Pelagic    Photic       Epipelagic …   Wikipedia

  • mesopelagic — adjective Date: 1947 of or relating to oceanic depths from about 600 feet to 3000 feet (200 to 1000 meters) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mesopelagic — adj. [Gr. mesos, middle; pelagos, sea] Pertaining to the pelagic zone of intermediate depth of 200 1000 m; between the epipelagic and bathypelagic zones …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • mesopelagic — /mez euh peuh laj ik, mes , mee zeuh , seuh /, adj. Oceanog. of, pertaining to, or living in the ocean at a depth of between 600 ft. (180 m) and 3000 ft. (900 m). [1945 50; MESO + PELAGIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • mesopelagic — adjective Describing a pelagic zone of the oceans between the photic epipelagic and the aphotic bathypelagic zones …   Wiktionary

  • mesopelagic — Zone in the open ocean 200 1000m below the surface, or pertaining to it inhabitants [Butler, T.H.] …   Crustacea glossary

  • mesopelagic — [ˌmɛsə(ʊ)pɪ ladʒɪk, ˌmɛz , ˌmi:s , ˌmi:z ] adjective Biology inhabiting the intermediate depths of the sea …   English new terms dictionary

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