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I ask this question because I would like to discuss attributes of streams, rivers, bayous, and etc. in a text I'm writing and would like to simply refer to them as "lotic" environments. Some of the water bodies I am referring to were observed in an unflowing state and I worry I might be incorrect in referring to these as lotic. If so, is there another term that refers to streams, rivers, bayous, and such collectively?

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    $\begingroup$ If I'm understanding the question, this definition from wikipedia should help, "Unidirectional water flow is the key factor in lotic systems influencing their ecology. Stream flow can be continuous or intermittent, though." Not exactly A+ source material, which is why I'm leaving it as a comment rather than an answer. $\endgroup$
    – MikeyC
    Mar 24 at 18:38

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