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Starfish Bed (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 1224

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Faunal Bed
Biotic Subclass Soft Sediment Fauna
Biotic Group Starfish Bed
Biotic Community Astropecten Bed
Asterias Bed

Definition Soft sediment areas in which starfish occur in large aggregations and clearly dominate the biota. Practitioners should note that, in most cases, starfish are predators on another Biotic Group (e.g., Clam Bed) which (as the forage base) would normally constitute the dominant percent cover or biomass. In those cases, Starfish would be described as a Co-occurring Element, e.g., "Biotic Group: Clam Bed with Co-occurring Element: Astropecten".