the aggregate of actively swimming aquatic organisms in a body of water, able to move independently of water currents.
- nek·ton·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nekton
the population of free-swimming animals that inhabits the middle depths of a sea or lake: Compare plankton
- nektonic, adjective
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Scientific definitions for nekton
The collection of marine and freshwater organisms that can swim freely and are generally independent of currents, ranging in size from microscopic organisms to whales. Compare benthos plankton.
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