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Relating to or inhabiting the ocean waters between the low tide mark and a depth of about 200 meters (656 feet): neritic plankton.

[German neritisch, perhaps ultimately from Nereus, Nereus.]


(Physical Geography) of or formed in the region of shallow seas near a coastline
[C20: perhaps from Latin nērīta sea mussel, from Greek nērítēs, from Nereus]


(nəˈrɪt ɪk)

adj. of or pertaining to the region of water lying directly above the sublittoral zone of the sea bottom.
[< German neritisch (1890), appar. after Greek Nērēís Nereid or Nēreús Nereus; see -ic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.neritic - of or relating to the region of the sea over the continental shelf which is less than 200 meters deep; "neritic fauna"; "neritic oil"
2.neritic - relating to the region of shallow water adjoining the seacoast; "neritic fauna"
shallow - lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or outward from a center; "shallow water"; "a shallow dish"; "a shallow cut"; "a shallow closet"; "established a shallow beachhead"; "hit the ball to shallow left field"
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The Seydisehir Formation is followed by Mesozoic neritic carbonates and detritic units.
This species is widely distributed in neritic inshore waters about 200 m depth in the both sides of the tropical and subtropical Atlantic Ocean, including the Mediterranean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico (Colette et al.
Monsoonal troughs in water temperature are because of strong land breeze, precipitation, freshwater influx and flow from adjoining neritic waters [7, 27, 31].
Although this species mainly inhabits the continental slope, juveniles have been reported to make incursions into neritic environments (over the continental shelf) during the night, when they undergo vertical migration possibly related to feeding (Compagno, 1984; Andrews et al, 2007, 2009, 2010; Comfort, 2012).
The effects of Fe and Mn on Cu sensitivity in diatoms: differences in the responses of closely related neritic and oceanic species.
However, such information from neritic waters is generally lacking for Western Nicaragua and Honduras, though better described for Costa Rica (May-Collado, Gerrodette, Calambokidis, Rasmussen, & Sereg, 2005; Martinez-Fernandez, Montero-Cordero, & May-Collado, 2011).
Phytoplankton species succession diversity and nutrients in neritic waters of the Aegean Sea (Bay of Izmir).
The Pacific sierra Scomberomorus sierra Jordan & Starks, 1895, is an epipelagic neritic species which forms schools and spawns close to the coast on the continental shelf.
This unit concordantly underlies the Otatera Formation (Late Bathonian), consisting of ~170 m of pelecypod coquina with intercalations of spathitic limestone strata; it is regarded as shallow neritic deposit with a subordinate beach component.
red-beds in the Longi-Taormina unit gradually pass upwards to neritic black limestones (Hettangian-Sinemurian).
Relative to the work in the middle, high frequency active sonar, the range of shallow sea waters of the low-frequency sonar reverberation is bigger, become the main restrictions of that the neritic low-frequency active sonar performance factors.