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A new terminology for marine organisms inhabiting hard substrates

Paul D. Taylor and Mark A. Wilson
A new terminology for marine organisms inhabiting hard substrates
Palaios (October 2002) 17 (5): 522-525

Abstract

Marine hard-substrate communities are important ecological and evolutionary resources for paleontologists and neontologists, yet their study is handicapped by numerous terms that are used inconsistently. A rationalized nomenclature system is proposed for plants and animals that encrust or bore natural marine hard substrates. The terms describe the identity of the colonizing organism, the nature of the substrate, and the location of the colonist (on the surface or within the substrate). These terms follow simple principles, making them easy to construct and interpret. A new collective term also is introduced: a sclerobiont is any organism (animal or plant) fouling any kind of hard substrate.


ISSN: 0883-1351
Serial Title: Palaios
Serial Volume: 17
Serial Issue: 5
Title: A new terminology for marine organisms inhabiting hard substrates
Affiliation: Natural History Museum, Department of Palaeontology, London, United Kingdom
Pages: 522-525
Published: 200210
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 22
Accession Number: 2003-082053
Categories: General paleontology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table
Secondary Affiliation: College of Wooster, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200324
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