from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The region of shallow water closest to the shore; in marine environments, usually excluding the intertidal zone.
- adj. Situated in the region of shallow water nearest the shore.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Noting that zone of marine deposits which extends from below low-water mark over bottoms which are the wasted remains of former continents and are for the most part of relatively shallow depth, though they may lie at some hundreds of fathoms. These deposits are of terrigenous origin and are intermixed with remains of marine animals.
Mediterranean rocky infralittoral, sea urchins in the absence of their normal predators can overgraze complex algal assemblages and shift the community to a barren state, resulting in a species richness and biomass decline of more than one order of magnitude.