from The Century Dictionary.

  • Living upon or in the bottom of the continental shelf or littoral zone of the ocean; of or pertaining to epibenthos. See epibenthos, benthos, benthonic.

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  • adjective biology That lives on the surface of sediments at the bottom of the sea


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From epi- +‎ benthic


  • Dynamics of the epibenthic community of roots of the mangrove Rhizophora mangle, at Bahía de Buche, Venezuela.

    Coastal Venezuelan mangroves

  • It appeared that the effects were largely due to the intensive washing more than to the use of Corexit 7664, and were evident in intertidal epibenthic macrobiota.

    Exxon Valdez oil spill

  • Periphyton may grow attached to other plants (ephytic periphyton) or on rocks and other substrate (epibenthic periphyton).

    Aquatic plants

  • Preliminary analysis of the survey data for the first 18 months indicates that the FRP reefs appear to attract and retain a significantly greater total abundance and diversity of fish, and have much richer epibenthic communities than the culvert reefs.

    3 Artificial Reefs and Fish Aggregating Devices


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  • Thus was the abyssal benthos discovered, the community of organisms living on or close to the ocean floor. In the 1960s a major advance was made by the introduction of the epibenthic sled, which rakes the top layer of the floor with fine mesh nets and traps the residue with a closing door to prevent the winnowing and loss of smaller organisms.

    —Edward O. Wilson, The Diversity of Life

    June 15, 2015