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ben·thos

 (bĕn′thŏs′)
n.
1. The collection of organisms living on or in the bottom of a body of water.
2. The bottom of a body of water.

[Greek.]

ben′thic (-thĭk), ben·thon′ic (bĕn-thŏn′ĭk) adj.

benthos

(ˈbɛnθɒs) or

benthon

n
1. (Biology) the animals and plants living at the bottom of a sea or lake
2. the bottom of a sea or lake
[C19: from Greek: depth; related to bathus deep]
ˈbenthic, ˈbenthal, benˈthonic adj

ben•thos

(ˈbɛn θɒs)

n.
the biogeographic region that includes the bottom of a lake, sea, or ocean and the littoral and supralittoral zones of the shore. Also called ben′thic divi`sion, benthon′ic zone`.
[1890–95; < Greek bénthos depth (of the sea)]

ben·thos

(bĕn′thŏs′)
1. The bottom of a sea or lake.
2. The organisms living on sea or lake bottoms.

benthos

- The flora and fauna at the bottom of a sea or lake.
See also related terms for lake.

benthos

1. the depths or bottom of the sea.
2. organic life that inhabits the bottom of the sea.
See also: Depth, Sea
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.benthos - a region including the bottom of the sea and the littoral zonesbenthos - a region including the bottom of the sea and the littoral zones
biogeographical region - an area of the Earth determined by distribution of flora and fauna
2.benthos - organisms (plants and animals) that live at or near the bottom of a seabenthos - organisms (plants and animals) that live at or near the bottom of a sea
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
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Contract notice: Provision of ecological investigations of the protection of benthos and fishes in the area of the german eez of the north sea / baltic sea within the framework of the area survey according to windseeg.
Specifically, we sought to determine if the diet composition and food consumption of Slimy Sculpin varied over this time period and if sculpin selected specific prey from the benthos.
Benthos is the organism that inhabit in bottom of an aquatic body.
In contrast, the discontinuous lenses of wackestones and grainstones may represent periods of non-deposition, during which localized storm winnowing reworked multiple generations of shelly benthos permitting a firm substrate that favored shelly benthos, including brachiopods and bryozoans.
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Thezooplankton abundance found relatively higher for the rest of the culture period suggesting that shrimps had adapted with new food source like supplied feed and benthos as more preferred diet (Chen and Chen 1992; Martinez- Cordova et al.
At each site, fish were surveyed along 12, 50 x 2 x 2 m underwater SCUBA transects sampling the benthos, open water, and canopy.
These jigs, like the Shimano Butterfly Jig and my personal favorite, the Williamson Benthos Speed Jig, can drop several hundred feet, nearly vertically, in a matter of seconds.
Despite the Banado Carilauquen's ecological fragility, its economic potential and the importance it holds to conservation, knowledge about the invertebrate organisms of the area is limited to phytobenthos and plankton (Peralta & Fuentes, 2005) and to invertebrate fauna from the littoral benthos (Ciocco & Scheibler, 2008; Scheibler & Ciocco, 2011).
Sampling and data analysis: Benthos and fishes were collected in 10-11 of June, 15-16 of July and 20-21 of September of 2006 and 9-10 January and 13-14 February of 2007.