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Sessile Gastropods (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 1215

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Faunal Bed
Biotic Subclass Attached Fauna
Biotic Group Sessile Gastropods
Biotic Community Attached Acmaea
Attached Crepidula
Attached Haliotis
Attached Vermetids


Description
Definition Hard substrate areas dominated by sessile (or mostly sessile) gastropods, often suspension feeders. Fauna in this biotic group may construct thick calcareous growths, but do not occur in abundance that is judged sufficient to construct a substrate; where these species are sufficiently abundant that they do construct substrate, they are classified in the Reef Class as Mollusk Reef (see above).