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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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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.
The existence of small-scale changes in benthos after fishing procedures--namely, the reduction in abundance, number of taxa, diversity, and biomass--are well documented (Dayton et al.
With the krill and other zooplankton depleted, a large portion of the phytoplankton, which the krill normally feast on, goes ungrazed and sinks to the ocean floor contributing to an amazingly lush benthos, rich in 1000-year-old sponges and corals.
The benthos in the cores comprised mainly polychaete worms, crustaceans, and insect larvae with the proportions of each depending on year (Fig.
Marine scientists in Italy and elsewhere in Europe offer a practical compendium of methodology to complement texts and manuals on the marine benthos for scientists and graduate and undergraduate students studying deep-sea habitats.
Author's note: benthic is from the Greek benthos which today refers to the flora and fauna found on the bottom of a sea or lake).