Larvaceans have a major function in ocean ecology because they are the crucial connection between the small plankton they feed on and the bigger animals of the oceanic food chain who feed on them. Larvaceans, found in surface waters rich in phytoplankton, are finger-shaped organisms that resemble Jellyfish and that form delicate webs of mucus around themselves. Contrary to popular belief, research has shown that Oikopleura dioica, a species of larvaceans, can generate light without any light-emitting organisms on their surface.
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Dybas, Cheryl Lyn. "Beautiful, ethereal larvaceans play a central role in ocean ecology." Oceanus, vol. 36, no. 2, 1993, p. 84+. Academic OneFile, Accessed 16 Nov. 2018.
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