Seychelles: Indian Ocean Marine Biodiversity Survey

Shoals of Capricorn Programme

 as part of Shoals of Capricorn Programme


Descriptions of words and terms

benthic
seabed
benthos
living organisms of seabed
cladistics
method of classification that groups organisms by relative recency of common ancestry
dredge
apparatus for seabed sampling
epifauna
animals living on seabed surface
grab
apparatus for taking a fixed area sample of the seabed
intertidal
between high and low water marks of the tide
macrofauna
animals larger than 500 μm
megafauna
large animals
meiofauna
animals less than 500 μm
mollusc
soft bodied animal, many of which live enclosed in a hard shell, e.g. snail, clam, mussel
phylogeny
the evolutionary history and line of descent of a species or higher taxonomic group
polychaete
a class of mainly marine worms (bristle worms)
systematics
the study of taxonomy and phylogeny
taxonomy
the classification of living organisms
temperate
areas with a moderate climate, e.g. Europe
tropical
areas with a climate characterised by high temperature, humidity and rainfall
zoogeography
geographical distribution of animal species
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