the community of tiny organisms, as protozoans, hydras, insect larvae, and snails, that lives on the surfaces of rooted aquatic plants.
Origin of periphyton
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aquatic organisms, such as certain algae, that live attached to rocks or other surfaces
Word Origin for periphyton
C20: from Greek, from peri- + phutos, from phuein to grow
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