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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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tibicen mainly in the sublittoral zone and rarely in the tidal pools of the northern coast of the state of Sao Paulo.
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Life history and production of a cold-temperate population of the sublittoral amphipod Ampelisca araucana.
They are very plentiful in Galicia (Atlantic coast of Spain), where it is found in areas ranging from coastal ponds to depths of 150 m in the sublittoral zone (Besteiro & Urgorri 1988).
Relationships between algae, benthic herbivorous invertebrates and fishes in rocky sublittoral communities of a temperate sea (Mediterranean).
have been described from the sublittoral deposits of the Chaffee Group (late postera CZ) of Colorado by Ginter (2001, fig.
Effects of organic enrichment on meiofaunal abundance and community structure in sublittoral soft sediments.
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The 10 species studied came from most major groups of cirripedes, and comprised shallow-water forms inhabiting hard bottoms (Capitulum mitella, Pollicipes pollicipes, Semihalanus balanoides, Austrominius modestus, Megabalanus rosa), sublittoral forms (Verruca stroemia, Scalpellum scalpellum), epibiotic forms settling on live, soft tissues (Balanus spongicola, Savignium crenatum), and a parasite (Peltogaster paguri).
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Macrofauna diversity in Posidonia oceanica detritus: distribution and diversity of mobile macrofauna in shallow sublittoral accumulations of Posidonia oceanica detritus.