Name of Organism
The scientific name meaning of "Mono-ocul plankton" is one-eye wanderer.
The Genus of this organism is "Mono-ocul plankton".
Ocean Zone and Habitat
The zone at which the sea wanderer can be found in pelagic zone but in terms of distance from shore horizontally, the oceanic zone. The oceanic zone is from the continental slope out to the open ocean. The zone divided by light availability, vertically, where this organism can be located is in the disphotic or twilight zone which is about 200 to 1000 meters. The abiotic factors in this zone is described as cold temperatures, not much light for photosynthesis, little oxygen and higher pressure. This explains why in this fairly dark environment the sea wanderer has a large eye, large jaw and bioluminesce colored web-like body.
Physical Traits & Adaptations to Environment
Traits that make my organism well-suited to live in this disphotic zone is large eye, large jaw and bioluminesce to the sea wanderer's body. The reason for its large eyes it to be able to see in dark lighting. The bioluminesce is used to help them find their mates or confuse predators. The sea wanderer has a web-like structure that is bioluminesce to help trick their prey into falling into their trap.
The sea wanderer moves by free floating for the most part but they get help with their eight tentacles that is located around them for a little "push" or movement power.
This organism breathes using the two gills. This process occurs by taking water in by the mouth and forcing it through the gills where the dissolved oxygen moves into the blood and travels to the sea wanderer's cells.
This organism feeds on squid, small fish, crustaceans, plankton and shrimp. The way this get food is by their web attracting squid and small fish due to the light and then the fish folds up rapidly stinging the prey meanwhile with an electric shock. From there, the mouth opens while still folded up and they then can eat their prey. For plankton, shrimp and crustaceans, most of the time the fish will just end up floating towards prey but otherwise sea wanderers might use their tentacles for movement.
Sea wanderers reproduce easily by seeing a female or male sea wanderer. Female have lighter bioluminesce and males have darker bioluminesce. At the top of the organisms there is two tubes that open when the female or male is near one another. Reproduction occurs when they both connect their tubes and the egg is fertilized. From there, the baby sea wanderer starts to develop in the the females' tubes.
When the sea wanderer gets approached a predator, there defense strategy to to fold up just as if they were eating and their bioluminesce body turns dimmer. This occurs making the predator hard to see the organism considering it is dark in this zone. Due to this event, the organism slowly starts sinking towards the ocean floor.
Plankton, nekton or benthos?
A sea wanderer is plankton. The reason being is that it is a organism that cannot actively swim against currents or waves very well but uses little movement.
By:Linda-Marie Acosta Period 5