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The Biology of Lakes and Ponds$
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Christer Brönmark and Lars-Anders Hansson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198713593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198713593.001.0001

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The Organisms: The Actors Within the Abiotic Frame

The Organisms: The Actors Within the Abiotic Frame

(p.69) 3 The Organisms: The Actors Within the Abiotic Frame
The Biology of Lakes and Ponds

Christer Brönmark

Lars-Anders Hansson

Oxford University Press

Here the organisms, that is the actors within the abiotic frame, are presented. The organisms range in size from the smallest viruses at the micrometre scale up to macrophytes and vertebrates at the metre scale. A brief organization of all life on Earth is given, together with examples and descriptions of the major actors and their specific features, morphologies and adaptations to cope with the environment.

Keywords:   Organism, Animal, Plant, Virus, Phytoplankton, Zooplankton, Macrophyte, Fish, Bird, Adaptationmorphology

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