Definition of sublittoral in English:

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sublittoral

Pronunciation: /sʌbˈlɪt(ə)r(ə)l/
chiefly Ecology

adjective

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
More example sentences
  • 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.

noun

The sublittoral zone.
Example sentences
  • 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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