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Module 9 Vocab

Apologia Marine Biology

TermDefinition
intertidal zone the area of shoreline between high and low tides
substrate the bottom surface of a marine habitat
epifauna benthic animals that move about the surface of the sea bottom or are firmly attached to it
sessile a member of the epifauna that lives attached to a substrate
desiccated a term referring to an organism that has lost its body moisture
vertical zonation noticeable horizontal bands of organisms living within a certain range in the intertidal zone
ecological succession a gradually increasing occupation of new organisms into a specific area
infauna organisms that live under the sediment of an ecosystem
littoral zone another name for the intertidal zone
tide pools small pools of water left behind after the tide goes out
headland area of coastline that juts out farther than the rest of the coast
bay an area of the coast behind the rest of the shoreline
upper intertidal zone sometimes called the splash zone because it is rarely submerged and usually gets its moisture from the splash of wave action
middle intertidal zone begins at the extreme high water level of the spring tides and extends down to just above the average low-tide level
lower intertidal zone an area that is underwater most of the time
 



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