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Bacterial Decay (Biotic Group)

Component: Biotic

Unique Identifier: 550

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

Definition Areas dominated by colonies of bacterial decomposers and other decay organisms that are observed covering and rotting larger organic matter (such as macroalgal debris, fish kills, or similar large organic inputs). See Figure 8.13 for an example of bacterial decay.