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a. Of or situated near the seashore.
b. Of or relating to an organism living near or just below the low tide level of a shore.
2. Lying between the low tide line and the edge of the continental shelf or ranging in depth to about 100 fathoms or 200 meters (660 feet).
3. Of or relating to the deeper part of a lake below the area in which rooted plants grow.


1. (Biology) (of marine organisms) growing, living, or situated close to the seashore: a sublittoral plant.
2. (Geological Science) of or relating to the zone between the low tide mark and 100 m depth


(sʌbˈlɪt ər əl)

1. of or pertaining to the region of the ocean extending from the lowest shoreline to the edge of the continental shelf.
2. of or pertaining to the region of a lake extending from the deepest rooted plants to the end of the warmer, oxygen-rich layer of water.
3. a sublittoral zone or region.
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Adj.1.sublittoral - of or relating to the region of the continental shelf (between the seashore and the edge of the continental shelf) or the marine organisms situated there
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The European grooved carpet clam, Ruditapes decussatus (Linnaeus, 1758), is a commercially important species inhabiting lagoons and sublittoral zones of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic coasts of Europe and Northern Africa.
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