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squamule Line breaks: squa|mule
Pronunciation: /ˈskweɪmjuːl/

Definition of squamule in English:


Botany & Zoology
A small scale.
Example sentences
  • These squamules are dissected or incised, meaning the margins have lots of breaks and cuts into them.
  • Typically C. ochrochlora has much larger almost undivided squamules while C. coniocraea has smaller finely dissected squamules.
  • The ring is white, moderately thick, with verrucose white squamules on the margin of the lower surface.


Example sentences
  • In foliose lichens, there is a second cortex below the medulla, but in crustose and squamulose lichens, the medulla is in direct contact with the underlying substrate, to which the lichen is attached.
  • Lichens in the genus Cladonia have squamulose bases and often have fruticose fruiting structures called podetia.
  • Neophyllis melacarpa is a squamulose lichen from the wet forests of southeast Australia and New Zealand which grows on rotting wood and tree trunk bases.


Mid 18th century: from Latin squamula, diminutive of squama 'scale'.

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