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Occurring at the bottom of a body of water, for example, a seabed, riverbed, or lake bottom.
binomial nomenclature
The two-part scientific name — genus and species — for a plant or animal.
The variety and variability among living organisms and the ecological complexes in which they occur.
An organism that disturbs sediments by burrowing or feeding.
A class of the phylum Mollusca including species with two shells hinged together, a soft body, and lamellate gills. Commonly called bivalves.
broadcast spawning
Releasing gametes — eggs and sperm — into the water for external fertilization.
A tuft of long, tough filaments which are formed in a groove of the foot, and issue from between the valves of certain bivalve mollusks, by which they attach themselves to rocks, etc.