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microhabitat

Line breaks: micro|habi¦tat
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪkrəʊhabɪtat
 
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Definition of microhabitat in English:

noun

Ecology
A habitat which is of small or limited extent and which differs in character from some surrounding more extensive habitat.
Example sentences
  • Many species of crabs and lobsters, for example, are limited to specific microhabitats due to behavioral constraints: they require rocky areas with crevices for protection from predators and for mate guarding during breeding.
  • The habitat of S. lineatus can be divided into microhabitats differing in vegetation structure, which determines the amount of solar radiation penetrating the vegetation.
  • Although variations in relief on the rocky outcrops provide a myriad of microhabitats, habitat preference of these geophytes is dependent upon the mat species.

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