Share this entry

Share this page


Line breaks: meso|fauna
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛsə(ʊ)fɔːnə, ˈmɛz-, ˈmiːs-, ˈmiːz-/

Definition of mesofauna in English:


[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.

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day quintillion
Pronunciation: kwɪnˈtɪljən
a thousand raised to the power of six…