Planktonic vs. Benthic - What's the difference?


  • Planktonic (adjective)

    Of or pertaining to plankton.

  • Planktonic (adjective)

    Floating in the open sea rather than living on the seafloor.

  • Benthic (adjective)

    Pertaining to the benthos; living on the seafloor, as opposed to floating in the ocean.

  • Benthic (noun)

    Any organism that lives on the seafloor

Webster Dictionary

  • Benthic (adjective)

    of, pertaining to, or occurring at the bottom of a body of water, especially referring to the ocean depths.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Planktonic (adjective)

    of or relating to plankton

  • Benthic (adjective)

    of or relating to or happening on the bottom under a body of water


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