infauna

[ in-faw-nuh ]
/ ˈɪnˌfɔ nə /

noun, plural in·fau·nas, in·fau·nae [in-faw-nee]. /ˈɪnˌfɔ ni/. Ecology.

the aggregate of animals that burrow into and live in the bottom deposits of an ocean, river, or lake.

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Origin of infauna

First recorded in 1910–15; in-1 + fauna

OTHER WORDS FROM infauna

infaunal, adjective
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Scientific definitions for infauna

infauna
[ ĭnfô′nə ]

Benthic animals that live in the substrate of a body of water, especially in a soft sea bottom. Infauna usually construct tubes or burrows and are commonly found in deeper and subtidal waters. Clams, tubeworms, and burrowing crabs are infaunal animals. Compare epifauna.
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