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Benthic/Attached Biota (Biotic Setting)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 389

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Reef Biota
Faunal Bed
Microbial Communities
Moss and Lichen Communities
Aquatic Vegetation Bed
Emergent Wetland
Scrub-Shrub Wetland
Forested Wetland

Definition This biotic setting describes areas where biota lives on, in, or in close association with the seafloor or other substrates (e.g., pilings, buoys), extending down into the sediment to include the sub-surface layers of substrate that contain multi-cellular life. As a rule, Benthic/Attached Biota units are characterized by the various life histories and taxonomic characteristics of the dominant life forms.