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Pelletized, Fluid Surface Layer (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 544

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Faunal Bed
Biotic Subclass Inferred Fauna
Biotic Group Pelletized, Fluid Surface Layer
Biotic Community Fluidized Maldanid Layer
Fluidized Yoldia Layer
Fluidized Capitellid Layer
Fluidized Deposit Feeder Layer

Definition Areas distinguished by a fluid, fecal-rich, pelletized surface layer, which is typically 5 - 15 millimeters thick (Rhoads and Young 1970). This layer is characteristic of deposit-feeding polychaetes, deposit-feeding clams, and/or other fauna. This layer is indicative of deposit feeders, but is not always present in deposit feeding communities, particularly when currents are sufficient to remove the layer.