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Related to benthic: nektonic


1. The collection of organisms living on or in the bottom of a body of water.
2. The bottom of a body of water.


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


(ˈbɛn θɪk)

also ben′thal, ben•thon•ic

(bɛnˈθɒn ɪk)

1. of or pertaining to a benthos.
2. of or pertaining to a benthon.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.benthic - of or relating to or happening on the bottom under a body of waterbenthic - of or relating to or happening on the bottom under a body of water
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But though their appearance is frightening, Atlantic wolffish are benthic dwellers, living in the deepest part of the ocean and rarely moving far from their homes.
The report for the Government recommends that benthic fishing, (along the seabed) and static gear fishing, (which can include prawn creels, tangle nets and lobster pots) will require greater management in that area.
As maritime glaciers retreat, ice sheets collapse and the fast ice season decreases, ice scouring could significantly impact the structure and function of the benthic system,' says Dr Smale.
Adults forage on benthic polychaetes and crustaceans (Cairns 1977) and terrestrial arthropods (Shaffer and Laporte 1994).
Species richness appears to be somewhat seasonal; only sixteen of the thirty-seven benthic species were harvested year-round.
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Foraminifera are possibly the most versatile fossil group as paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic proxies, whether one is utilizing planktonic or benthic species.
Benthic invertebrates include a vast array of species consisting of crabs, worms and insects of various sizes and shapes.
Additionally benthic population study provides assessment of environmental quality of an area and also constitutes their habitat disruption due to dredging activity.
Damage to the benthic biodiversity underneath the cages occurs when the solid waste production exceeds the decomposition capability of the receiving waters.
An array of cascading biotic and environmental problems is coupled to progressive eutrophication of coastal bays, notably accelerated micro- and macroalgal growth, nuisance and toxic algal blooms (HABs), high turbidity, depleted dissolved oxygen, altered benthic invertebrate communities, impacted harvestable fisheries, and loss of essential habitat (e.