Definition of mesofauna in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛsə(ʊ)fɔːnə/ /ˈmɛzə(ʊ)fɔːnə/ /ˈmiːsə(ʊ)fɔːnə/ /ˈmiːzə(ʊ)fɔːnə/

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[mass noun] Ecology
Soil animals of intermediate size, such as earthworms, arthropods, nematodes, and molluscs.
Example sentences
  • It is a first approach, since a complete understanding of the soil food web would, of course, also require data about the micro- and mesofauna.
  • In the mesofauna prevail species with wide natural habitats - Holarctic, Palearctic and Eurosiberian species.
  • Thus the mesofauna represent an important trophic link of the detritus food chain to terrestrial vertebrates.
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