(Of small invertebrates) living on the ground but hidden in the leaf litter, under stones or pieces of wood.
- This may account in part for the paucity of crepuscular to nocturnal or cryptozoic to fossorial skink lineages in the interior.
- The very luxuriance of the vegetation, however, with its unlimited hiding-places for cryptozoic animals, made the task of collection more difficult than it would have been in a clearer neighbourhood, where the animals are concentrated, as it were, in a comparatively few spots.
- Example sentences
- The term cryptozoa was coined by him to describe the light-abhorring animals found under logs or stones in damp, dark situations.
- Student supervision has involved projects in the general field of ecology of cryptozoa.
- They are members of that large category of animals known descriptively (not taxonomically) as cryptozoa, or hidden animals.
Pronunciation: /-ˈzōə/plural noun
Late 19th century: from Greek kruptos 'hidden' + zōē 'life' + -ic.
Of, relating to, or denoting the period (the Precambrian) in which rocks contain no, or only slight, traces of living organisms. Compare with Phanerozoic.
- The term ‘Precambrian’ is still used for Cryptozoic rocks, but tends to be applied loosely to formations lying beneath identified Cambrian strata and of uncertain age.
- The Cryptozoic rocks are exposed in the continental shield areas and show patterns of orogenic activity.
Early 20th century: from Greek kruptos 'hidden' + zōē 'life' + -ic.
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