Definition of sublittoral in English:


Line breaks: sub|lit¦toral
Pronunciation: /sʌbˈlɪt(ə)r(ə)l
chiefly Ecology


  • 1Living, growing, or accumulating near to or just below the shore: sublittoral algae
  • 1.1Relating to or denoting a biogeographic zone extending (in the sea) from the average line of low tide to the edge of the continental shelf or (in a large lake) beyond the littoral zone but still well lit: sheltered sublittoral regions mobile species will migrate to sublittoral waters offshore
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    • The sublittoral zone extends from the low-tide line out to 200 meters.
    • The marine red alga Chondrus crispus is an abundant species along the coasts of the North Atlantic and inhabits the intertidal and upper sublittoral zones of rocky shorelines.
    • In 1997, biomass of both littoral and sublittoral invertebrates in the impoundment was comparable to that of New Brunswick lakes of similar trophic status.


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  • The sublittoral zone.
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    • Bathyal is defined as pertaining to the ocean bottom between the sublittoral and abyssal zones - from depths of approximately 200 to 400 m.
    • The paleoenvironments are interpreted as inner sublittoral and coastal lagoons environments with riverine and estuarine influence.
    • The wildlife of the sublittoral sediment areas is less diverse than that of the rocky sublittorals but the areas have a high biomass and are important fishing areas, particularly for bottom-feeding fish.

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