Definitions for "Benthic organisms"
Keywords:  clams, aquatic, bottom, worms, lake
Refers to organisms that live in or on the bottom of the aquatic environment (e.g., bacteria, rooted grasses, worms, oysters, clams). Referred to collectively as members of the benthos.
plants and animals living in or on the bottom in aquatic habitats
Organisms that live on or at the bottom (i.e., not in the water column) of water bodies for most of their adult life cycle, such as clams, lobsters, and crayfish.