Definition of benthic in English:

benthic

adjective

Ecology
  • See benthos

    • ‘So, we conclude that Urbilateria was part of the benthic epifauna - a bottom crawler.’
    • ‘The blue marlin occupies a high trophic level, feeding on pelegic and benthic organisms in the ecosystem of the open ocean.’
    • ‘Much of this distinctiveness can now be ascribed to the influence of Actinocyclus normanii in both the planktonic and benthic food webs.’
    • ‘New coastal ocean remote sensing techniques permit benthic habitats to be explored with higher resolution than ever before.’
    • ‘There is no escape for the benthic epifauna in space or time-they must be grazer resistant.’

Pronunciation

benthic

/ˈbɛnθɪk/