Those who know me know that I find made up correspondences in everything. One of these days, I'm going to tie the classical elements to the domains of life (Eukaryotes are fire, Bacteria are earth, Viruses are air, Archea are water. Damn, I just did.)

Anyway, when I encountered a table of plankton arranged by size, I knew what I had to do.

Wikipedia outlines categories of plankton:

  • Megaplankton (>20 cm)
  • Macroplankton (2→20 cm)
  • Mesoplankton (0.2→20 mm)
  • Microplankton (20→200 µm)
  • Nanoplankton (2→20 µm)
  • Picoplankton (0.2→2 µm)
  • Femtoplankton (< 0.2 µm)

Which happen to have some neat matchings with my backwards extended -verse hierarchy. Femtoplankton, comprising marine viruses, is a nice match for the macromolecular complex space on the Hierarchy. Picoplankton, being prokaryotes, matches the organelle space on the Hierarchy neatly, too. Nanoplankton and microplankton are both made up of single cellular eukaryotes, which go well with the cell space. Mesoplankton is very simpel but still multicellular, corresonding to the tissue space. Macroplankton is complex and multicellular, but unconscious, matching up with the organ rank. Finally, megaplankton includes such advanced animals as cephalopods, making it a nice match for the organ system rank.

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