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Is this term used the same way all the time, by the various specialties that use it, especially with respect to the boundary (if well-defined) with the littoral (itself apparently not a line, but a zone)? DCDuring 01:18, 1 November 2007 (UTC)
- As far as I know, it is in hydrology and biology, as well as oceanography. --EncycloPetey 13:10, 1 November 2007 (UTC)
It's listed as a noun but it seems adjectival:
- situated to seaward of the region nearest the shore.
- Littoral is used as an adjective as well as a noun, so theoretically, infralittoral (literal translation lower than littoral, ie below the low-tide line) could be too. I've not altered it, since I've never heard it, and I don't know in which sense it's used, but the definition given seems a bit out even as an adjective. Any geographers out there? --Enginear 10:33, 13 July 2006 (UTC)
- I did minimal definition. I am removing the RfC tag and adding RfV.
- I think that there are numerous naming systems for various zones, which differ a bit in whether they are intended to cover places that have tides or other major variations in water level. Ecoologists, biologists, geologists, paleontologists might be using the words a little differently, too, which is hard to determine without specialized dictionaries. In any event, the sequence appears to be what one might expect: lower infralittoral, upper infralittoral, infralittoral fringe, littoral or intertidal, supralittoral fringe, lower supralittoral, upper supralittoral. Supralittoral ought to be added even though the others might be SoP. DCDuring 01:11, 1 November 2007 (UTC) DCDuring TALK 15:47, 20 November 2008 (UTC)