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What is the Benthic zone?

What is the Benthic zone?

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Asked by M. Jabrowsky, Last updated: Apr 12, 2019

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C. Matz

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C. MatzCollege student, Graduation, Orlando
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Answered on Dec 06, 2018

Benthic zone is the ecological zone in a body of water. It is usually at the bottom of the water as the benthic zone starts at the shore and extends until it reaches the bottom of the water (ocean floor or bottom of a lake).

Organisms live in this zone and the zone also acts as a source of food for bottom feeding organisms. It is also the region closet to the sediment of a water body. Organisms found in this region are generally known as BENTHOS. Some examples are; Polychaete worms, corals, sea anemones, turbellarians, lobsters, crabs and cumaceans.

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