|Document Type:||Chapter or Section|
|Type of Book:||Technical|
|Section or Chapter Title:||Possible influences of solar UV radiation in the evolution of marine zooplankton|
|Book Title:||The role of solar ultraviolet radiation in marine ecosystems. Proceedings of the NATO Conference on UV and marine ecosystems: Series IV, marine sciences. Vol. 7|
|Author:||David M. Damkaer|
|Editor:||John Calkins (Ed.)|
|Publisher:||Plenum Press, NY|
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.