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epifauna

[ ep-uh-faw-nuh ]
/ 藞蓻p 蓹藢f蓴 n蓹 /
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noun, plural ep路i路fau路nas, ep路i路fau路nae [ep-uh-faw-nee] /藞蓻p 蓹藢f蓴 ni/ Ecology.
the aggregate of animals that live on the surface of the bottom of an ocean, river, or lake, or are attached to other aquatic organisms or submerged rocks.
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Compare infauna.

Origin of epifauna

1910鈥15; epi- + fauna

OTHER WORDS FROM epifauna

ep路i路fau路nal, adjective
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Scientific definitions for epifauna

epifauna
[ 臅p蓹-f么鈥瞡蓹 ]

Benthic animals that live on the surface of a substrate, such as rocks, pilings, marine vegetation, or the sea or lake floor itself. Epifauna may attach themselves to such surfaces or range freely over them, as by crawling or swimming. Mussels, crabs, starfish, and flounder are epifaunal animals. Compare infauna.
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