epi·​fau·​na ˌe-pi-ˈfȯ-nə How to pronounce epifauna (audio)
: benthic fauna living on the substrate (such as a hard sea floor) or on other organisms compare infauna
epifaunal adjective

Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

circa 1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of epifauna was circa 1914

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“Epifauna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epifauna. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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