Possible Influences of Solar UV Radiation in the Evolution of Marine Zooplankton

  • David M. Damkaer
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 7)


Evolution is understood to be a species’ total response to a large number of environmental factors. One of these factors, even in the sea, may be solar UV radiation. If so, one might relate a number of unique features of marine zooplankton to, the selective pressures of this near-surface stress. Some characteristics of marine zooplankton that may have been influenced or even determined by UV radiation are the diel vertical migration, certain seasonal migrations and the seasonal occurrence of near-surface larvae, UV-absorbent cuticles, zooplankton coloration, zooplankton associations, and zooplankton shapes.


Diel Vertical Migration Solar Ultraviolet Radiation Marine Zooplankton Northern Anchovy Phyllosoma Larva 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • David M. Damkaer
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  1. 1.University of Washington WB-10SeattleUSA
  2. 2.National Marine Fisheries Service/NationalOceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationManchesterUSA

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