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Mineral Boring Fauna (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 1208

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Faunal Bed
Biotic Subclass Attached Fauna
Biotic Group Mineral Boring Fauna
Biotic Community Boring Cliona celata
Boring Penitella
Boring Lithophaga


Description
Definition Areas where specialized fauna have bored into hard mineral substrate (rock, shell, carbonate reef, peat, compacted stiff clay) and constitute the dominant biological feature by percent cover or biomass. Several taxa (including sponges, sipunculids, clams, mussels, gastropods, annelids and others) have developed mechanisms for boring into rock, shell and other mineral substrates.