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Attached Holothurians (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 1216

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Faunal Bed
Biotic Subclass Attached Fauna
Biotic Group Attached Holothurians
Biotic Community Attached Parastichopus
Attached Psolus


Description
Definition Areas where the epifaunal community is dominated by sessile or slow-moving holothurians (sea cucumbers) on hard or mixed substrates. Holothurians living on hard substrate may attach firmly, or may be capable of movement over the substrate. Many forms are adapted to feeding by moving their sticky tentacles over the substrate; other forms are suspension-feeders.