benthic vs benthonic what difference

what is difference between benthic and benthonic



From benthos +‎ -ic.


  • IPA(key): /ˈbɛnθɪk/


benthic (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to the benthos; living on the seafloor, as opposed to floating in the ocean.
    • 1878, Proceedings of the United States National Museum, Smithsonian Institution Press, p. 3:
      The benthic environment, except for intertidal areas, has been scarcely explored…
    • 1974, R. H. Parker, The Study of Benthic Communities, American Elsevier Publishing Company, New York, p. 191:
      As the classical approach to benthic community studies originated primarily with Danish biologists, a section is devoted to comparisons of Danish bottom communities with those obtained in Hadley Harbor.
    • 1994, Hans M. Bolli, Jean-Pierre Beckmann, and John B. Saunders, Benthic Foraminiferal Biostratigraphy of the South Caribbean Region, Cambridge University Press, p. 1:
      Benthic foraminifera have been used for stratigraphic purposes almost since they began to be studied systematically.


  • planktonic

Derived terms

  • cryptobenthic
  • holobenthic
  • subbenthic



benthic (plural benthics)

  1. Any organism that lives on the seafloor

See also

  • oceanic
  • pelagic
  • planktonic


  • bitchen



benthonic (not comparable)

  1. Alternative form of benthic

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