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microfauna

Syllabification: mi·cro·fau·na
Pronunciation: /ˌmīkrōˈfônə, -ˈfänə
 
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Definition of microfauna in English:

noun (plural microfaunas or microfaunae /-ˈfônē, -ˈfänē/)

Biology
Microscopic animals.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Derivatives

microfaunal

1
adjective
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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