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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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a neritic environment characterized by a muddy bottom with little open
Anchovies are neritic schooling fish found near ANI, with a high caloric content (152 cal/100g, Sidwell 1981).
Examination of faunal assemblages revealed a marked change from diverse shallow water communities, to deeper water fauna where species numbers decrease dramatically and neritic forms appear.
The hydrocarbons - sweet oil, condensates and natural gas - were found in neritic to fluvial-deltaic sandstones of Tithonian age, sealed by salt (evaporites) of the Upper Jurassic Sabatayn Formation.
Ichthyoplankton in neritic waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana: Composition, relative abundance, and seasonality.
It can mean the entire sea beyond the low tide made or, as I used it, the sea beyond the edge of the continental shelf, at about 200m deep, which commonly divides the littoral or neritic from the pelagic of oceanic zones (Stow 2004: 194).
Groups distinctive for different ecosystems, especially indicating terrestrial, neritic and pelagic marine environments, are land plants, phytoplankton, foraminifers, sponges, corals, arthropods, cephalopods, echinoderms, brachiopods, bryozoans, conodonts and fishes.
Litvinov (2006) found two types of aggregations: adult males situated in oceanic waters and immature juveniles situated in coastal and neritic waters; this second aggregation type is present off the Baja California peninsula.
Osangularia species live in modern oceans from outer neritic to bathyal environments with normal marine salinities and prefer muddy sediments [42].
cysts are ubiquitous and cosmopolitan, widespread in the neritic zone but also common in open oceans (Wall et al.
Locally, the greatest diversity is typically associated with the assemblage at the mouths of Bahia Magdalena and Bahia Almejas, where neritic (e.
The base of bed 134 (sample 134-1) is interpreted as the maximum flooding surface according to the microfacies changes and appearance of the deep-water coral assemblage, pelagic, and neritic fauna.