small organisms, as algae or gastropods, floating on or near the surface of a body of water
Origin of pleustonfrom Classical Greek pleustikos, fit for sailing from plein, to sail, swim (see pleopod) + -ton, as in neuston, plankton
Macroscopic organisms that float or swim on the surface of a body of water.
Origin of pleustonGreek pleusis sailing ; see pleu- in Indo-European roots. (plank)ton