noun (plural microfaunas or microfaunae /-ˈfônē/ /-ˈfänē/)Biology
- In other words, much of metazoan evolution was cryptic, bound up in tiny animals devoid of skeletons and perhaps surviving as interstitial benthic microfauna.
- It is formed from decaying plant roots, leaves, etc. deposited at the surface, and the remains of microflora and microfauna living in the soil.
- Diverse crop species encourage soil microfauna, which can help reduce soilborne plant diseases.
- Example sentences
- In Scladina cave, oscillations between glacial and more temperate episodes have been demonstrated by microfaunal, palinological, and isotopic data.
- Qualitative analyses of macro-and microfaunal assemblages often, though not always, also support the patterns described above.
- Among the microfaunal elements, the planktonic foraminifera suffered almost complete annihilation, and catastrophic extinction of almost all coccolithic algae also occurred at the end of the period.
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