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Capable of living only within a narrow range of water depths. Used of an aquatic organism.

[steno- + Greek bathos, depth + -ic.]

sten′o·bath′ n.
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(Biology) (of an aquatic organism) able to live only within a limited range of water depths
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(ˌstɛn əˈbæθ ɪk)

of or pertaining to marine or freshwater life that can tolerate limited changes in depth (opposed to eurybathic).
[1900–05; < Greek stenó(s) narrow, close + Greek báth(os) depth (see batho-) + -ic]
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Eurybathic taxa (those with a broader vertical range) show a wider horizontal distribution than stenobathic taxa (those with a narrow vertical range) (Vinogradova, 1997).
The species is thought to be of Antarctic evolutionary origin, and is one of the most eurythermic, euryhaline and stenobathic representative of the suborder (Pequeno, 1989).