epifauna
noun Etymology: New Latin Date: circa 1914 benthic fauna living on the substrate (as a hard sea floor) or on other organisms — compare infaunaepifaunal adjective

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  • epifauna — [ep΄i fô′nə] n. pl. epifaunas or epifaunae [ep΄i fô′nē] the animals living on the surface of marine or freshwater sediments: cf. INFAUNA * * * …   Universalium

  • epifauna — [ep΄i fô′nə] n. pl. epifaunas or epifaunae [ep΄i fô′nē] the animals living on the surface of marine or freshwater sediments: cf. INFAUNA …   English World dictionary

  • epifauna — animals living on the surface of the bottom or floor of a water body. Does not include organisms burrowing into the floor but does include those organisms living on others …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • epifauna — n. [Gr. epi, upon; L. Faunas, deity of herds and fields] Any animal living on the surface deposits of the ocean; see infauna …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • epifauna — noun A fauna characterized by members whose typical life sites are on the outer surface of their environment, as opposed to within it, e.g. animals living on top of the sediment at the seafloor …   Wiktionary

  • Epifauna — Epi|fau|na [auch e:pi...] die; <zu ↑epi... u. ↑Fauna> Gesamtheit der Wassertiere, die auf der Oberfläche des Grundes od. auf Pflanzen u. schwimmenden Gegenständen leben; Ggs. ↑Infauna …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • epifauna — ż IV, CMs. epifaunaaunie, blm zool. «zwierzęta żyjące na dnie zbiorników wodnych, np. gąbki, jamochłony» ‹gr. + fauna› …   Słownik języka polskiego

  • epifauna — noun Ecology animals living on the bed of a body of water or on other submerged surfaces. Compare with infauna. Derivatives epifaunal adjective …   English new terms dictionary

  • epifauna — epi·fauna …   English syllables

  • epifauna — n. animals living on the seabed, either attached to animals, plants, etc., or free living. Etymology: Da. (as EPI , FAUNA) …   Useful english dictionary

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