Plankton is a derived term of phytoplankton.
As nouns the difference between phytoplankton and plankton
is that phytoplankton
is plankton which obtain energy by photosynthesis while plankton
is a generic term for all the organisms that float in the sea. A single organism is known as a plankter.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
* phytoplankton bloom
a generic term for all the organisms that float in the sea. A single organism is known as a plankter