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Salp \Salp\ (s[a^]lp), n. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of Salpa, or of the family Salpid[ae].


n. Any of a group of free-swimming tunicates of the genus (taxlink Sarpa genus noshow=1)


n. minute floating marine tunicate having a transparent body with an opening at each end [syn: salpa]


A salp (plural salps) or salpa (plural salpae or salpas) is a barrel-shaped, planktonic tunicate. It moves by contracting, thus pumping water through its gelatinous body. Salp jet propulsion is one of the most efficient in the animal kingdom. The salp strains the pumped water through its internal feeding filters, feeding on phytoplankton.

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As on other worlds, the ocean swarmed with copepods, salps, annelid worms, sponges, and jellyfish, and with squid, swallowers, sharks and other fishes higher on the food chain.