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Vocabulary Term Details

Aquatic communities

Definition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periphyton)

Periphyton is a complex mixture of algae, cyanobacteria, heterotrophic microbes, and detritus that are attached to submerged surfaces in most aquatic ecosystems. It serves as an important food source for invertebrates, tadpoles, and some fish. It can also absorb contaminants; removing them from the watercolumn and limiting their movement through the environment. (Wikipedia)

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Broader TermsNarrower TermsRelated Terms
Biocoenosis
Benthos
Nekton
Neuston
Periphyton
Plankton
Pleuston
Seston
Aquatic environment
Aquatic organisms
Freshwater ecology
Marine ecology

This term is used for the following terms: 
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Approved Date
02-Aug-2013

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