[ ep-uh-faw-nuh ]
/ ˈɛp əˌfɔ nə /
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noun, plural ep·i·fau·nas, ep·i·fau·nae [ep-uh-faw-nee] /ˈɛp əˌfɔ 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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First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
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Scientific definitions for epifauna
[ ĕp′ə-fô′nə ]
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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