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Definitions and meanings of "Pteropods"

What do we mean by pteropods?

Any of free-swimming pelagic sea snails and sea slugs, of the suborder Thecosomata, that have winglike lobes on the feet; a sea butterfly.

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The word "pteropods" in example sentences

And at the poles and high latitudes, where the impact of ocean acidification is particularly serious, tiny shellfish called pteropods – the basic foodstuff of fish, whales and seabirds in those regions – have suffered noticeable drops in numbers. ❋ Unknown (2011)

Carbon dioxide, which is a byproduct of using fossil fuels, forms carbonic acid once it is absorbed into the ocean and lowers ocean pH, making it harder for corals, plankton and tiny marine snails, called pteropods, to form and grow. ❋ Admin (2010)

Science magazine says that Arctic sea ice melting is starting to dilute surface waters and threatening the tiny shellfish called pteropods that are the base of the Arctic food chain. ❋ Unknown (2009)

These "pteropods" are a favorite food of pink salmon and even help sustain giant whales. (2009)

This acidification makes life especially hard for marine creatures such as pteropods - an important type of plankton found in the Southern Ocean - whose shells are made up largely of calcium carbonate. ❋ Unknown (2008)

The diatoms, the jellies, the pteropods, the squid, the larval urchins, the eggs and the young of this year's vital offspring of tuna, shrimp, and menhaden. ❋ Unknown (2010)

This process will not only harm some of our favorite seafood, such as lobster and mussels, but may also injure some species of smaller marine organisms -- including pteropods and coccolithophores -- which are a vital part of the food web. ❋ Unknown (2010)

The increasing acidification of the oceans will also hurt pteropods and other types of plankton, rendering them less likely to survive. ❋ Unknown (2008)

And that is serious mischief for all the kinds of sea life that need carbonate to make the structures which support them, beginning with corals, and pteropods, and continuing on through shellfish, clams, oysters, lobsters, mussels, and so on. ❋ Unknown (2009)

Scientists will disagree about the finer points: whether pteropods are extinguished at one pH or another, whether we have 20 years or 50 to resolve this or that part of the problem, and so on. ❋ Unknown (2009)

If business as usual continues with CO2 emissions, scientists predict that the ocean will become more acidic by the end of this century than it has ever been in the last 20 million years, with devastating impacts to corals, shellfish we love to eat like mussels, clams and lobsters, and to small creatures like pteropods (aka sea angels) that help form the base of the marine food chain. ❋ Unknown (2009)

Crystal cones form the shells of pteropods or winged snails hat drift downward from the surface to these dim regions by day; and the translucent spires of lovely ianthina are tinged with Tyrian purple. ❋ Rachel Louise Carson (2007)

There are only 80 species of euphausiids, 50 of chaetognaths, about 40 of pteropods and less than 2000 for the most diverse group, the calanoid copepods. ❋ Unknown (2007)

Increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) levels reduce the pH of sea water and increase the solubility of calcium carbonate with potentially dramatic consequences for calcifying organisms, such as corals, mollusks, coccolithophorids, pteropods and forams. ❋ Unknown (2007)

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