Definition of bottom-dwelling in English:

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bottom-dwelling

adjective

(Of an aquatic organism) living on or near the bed of the sea, a lake, or other body of water.
Example sentences
  • From the same family as rays, skates are bottom-dwelling fish usually found in shallow coastal waters.
  • Sphyraena barracuda will feed on both bottom-dwelling species as well as species of the higher water column.
  • Marine gobies are typically bottom-dwelling fish that live in shallow water.

Derivatives

bottom-dweller

noun
Example sentences
  • Juveniles, especially in the territorial bottom-dwellers, often possess different, brighter colors than adults of the same species.
  • A marine family, clinids are mostly bottom-dwellers.
  • During feeding, hordes of acanthurids descend on the reef so that attempts by bottom-dwellers to defend their territory are thwarted.

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