Glossary of terms and abbreviations relevant to the International Seabed Authority and the documents it produces
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An intermediate level of taxonomic classification containing one or more Genera forming a subgroup of an Order.
Animals, especially those found in a specific region. Compare to flora.
Pertaining to the fauna.
Synonymous with polymetallic nodule.
An organism that feeds by filtering particulate organic matter from the surrounding water. Synonymous with suspension feeder.
The action of feeding by filtering particulate organic matter from the surrounding water. Synonymous with suspension feeding.
Plants, especially those found in a specific region. Compare to fauna.
Pertaining to the flora.
Linear sequence of organisms where each trophic level is the energy source for the next by being a source of food. Consists of oneprimary producer, one primary consumer and one or more secondary consumers.
A schematic diagram of interconnecting food chains.
Synonymous with foraminifera.
Planktonic or benthic protozoa which usually secrete a calcareous exoskeleton containing pores through which slender filaments (pseudopodia) project. Scientific name for foram.