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Estuary

A partially enclosed coastal body of water in which salty ocean water is significantly diluted by freshwater from land runoff

Fecundity

The reproductive capacity of an individual female animal during a reproductive event or breeding season, generally expressed as the number of eggs or larvae per unit weight or per individual

Habitat

A place where a particular plant or animal lives. Generally refers to a smaller area than environment.

Hermaphrodite

An organism that has both male and female gonads. In simultaneous hermaphroditism sperm and eggs can be produced at the same time; in sex reversal, or sequential hermaphroditism, an individual begins life as a male but changes into a female (protandry) or as a female but changes into a male (protogyny).

Home range

The area in which an animal lives and moves on a daily or periodic basis

Homing

The ability of an animal to find its home area

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Global environmental organization which aims to find solutions for environmental and developmental challenges. The IUCN lists and evaluates species which may be at risk of extinction.

Juvenile

Immature organisms that are not yet capable of reproduction

Length

There are numerous measurements for fish, shark, and marine reptile species. This includes total length, fork length, standard length, stretch length, carapace length, etc. All measurements presented in SCATTN are total length which is the length from the front (nose) to tail.

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

Areas within the U.S. waters where some or all of the marine biological or cultural resources within them are protected

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