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Bacterial Mat/Film (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 549

Biotic Setting Benthic/Attached Biota
Biotic Class Microbial Communities
Biotic Subclass Mat/Film Forming Microbes
Biotic Group Bacterial Mat/Film
Biotic Community Beggiatoa Communities

Definition Areas dominated by colonies of bacterial decomposers and other decay organisms. These colonies can range in appearance from delicate and filamentous to a dense mass that may blanket the sediment surface. See Figure 8.12 for an example of a bacterial mat.