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Oyster Reef (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 505

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Reef Biota
Biotic Subclass Mollusk Reef Biota
Biotic Group Oyster Reef
Biotic Community Crassostrea Reef
Ostrea Reef

Definition Areas dominated by the ridge- or mound-like structures formed by the colonization and growth of oysters that are attached (cemented) to a substrate of live and dead conspecifics. Oyster reefs provide excellent structural habitat as well as effective water filtration.