Definition of mesofauna in English:

mesofauna

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

noun

[mass noun] Ecology
  • Soil animals of intermediate size, such as earthworms, arthropods, nematodes, and molluscs.
    More 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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