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fauna

All the animal life normally present in a given habitat at a given time. See also macrofauna; microfauna. Compare flora.

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A Dictionary of Agriculture and Land Management

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Current Version:
2019
Subject:
Social sciences
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44 words

... Commonly used to refer to the wild animal life in a specified region or time period. Examples might include all the fauna of the UK or the fauna of medieval England. Very often used also in conjunction with flora . See also biodiversity...

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A Dictionary of Genetics (8 ed.)

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2014
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Science and technology, Life Sciences
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12 words

... the animal life in a given region or period of...

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (5 ed.)

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2020

... ( adj. faunal , faunistic ) The animal life of a region or geologic period. Compare flora...

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A Dictionary of Zoology (5 ed.)

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2020
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Science and technology, Life Sciences
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14 words

... ( faunal , faunistic ) The animal life of a region or geological period....

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A Dictionary of Biology (8 ed.)

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2019
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Science and technology, Life Sciences
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21 words

...fauna All the animal life normally present in a given habitat at a given time. See also macrofauna ; microfauna . Compare flora...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

... The animals of a country at any given period. The term was first used by Linnaeus in the title of his Fauna Suecica ( 1746 ), a companion volume to his Flora Suecica ( 1745 ), and it is the name of a rural goddess, with attributes similar to those of faunus . See also pan . Nor less the place of curious plant he knows; He both his Flora and his Fauna shows. Fauni or Fauns Minor Roman deities of the countryside, merry and mischievous, small counterparts of faunus . See also satyr . Faunus A good spirit of forest and field, and a god of...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt

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2005

... . A wide variety of animals were used in ancient Egypt. The Nile Valley fauna were a source of nutrition, they inspired symbolic expression, and they served as subjects for art and literature. Today, nearly fifty species of mammals, almost five hundred species of birds, and at least 169 species of fish can be found there; in ancient times, the fauna was even more diverse. Ironicly, the domesticated species that helped provide Egypt with its legendary surpluses were, for the most part, introduced from abroad—while the indigenous fauna remained genetically...

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A Dictionary of Ecology (5 ed.)

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2015

... ( adjective faunal, faunistic ) The animal life of a region or geological period....

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017

... 1. All forms of animal life that live in a region, period, or special environment. 2. A record or book of...

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
Length:
180 words

... , a singular word with a collective implication, refers to the animal life in a particular region. Hence fauna should take a singular verb, not a plural, and may be referred to as a fauna —e.g.: “At the Lascaux cave, lying to the west of this site but which had a similar fauna at the time, he said, the images were overwhelmingly of bison and horses, but here bears and rhinos—animals that man did not usually hunt or eat—predominated.” Marlise Simons , “Prehistoric Art Treasure Is Found in French Cave,” N.Y. Times , 19 Jan. 1995 , at A1, A5. The...

interstitial fauna

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A Dictionary of Zoology (5 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
Length:
25 words

...fauna Animals that inhabit the spaces between individual sand grains. The term is often used synonymously with meiofauna , mesofauna , and microfauna ....

relict fauna

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A Dictionary of Zoology (5 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020
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19 words

...fauna Animals belonging to groups that once had a wide distribution but now occur very locally (e.g. coelacanth)....

interstitial fauna

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A Dictionary of Biology (8 ed.)

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Current Version:
2019
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Science and technology, Life Sciences
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30 words

...interstitial fauna ( meiofauna ) Small invertebrate animals that live between individual substrate particles, such as sand grains, in the bed of a sea, lake, or river. See also benthos...

Fauna Cabala

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The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

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Current Version:
2010
Subject:
Religion, Social sciences
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3,424 words

... Cabala Fauna. n . animal life. Cabala. n . an esoteric, secret matter or mysterious art. Science can be a looking-glass into the sacred, a window to a world outside the confines of human perception. It can be a tool to see beauty that would otherwise remain hidden, to uncover rather than explain mystery. For some scientists, the study of nature is a means to spirituality, is delving into the secrets of the sacred, is empowering, sustaining, transformative, infused with a sense of awe. It is a discovery of what is precious and most important in life. To...

interstitial fauna

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017

...fauna Animals that live in the interstices between sand grains. The term is often used synonymously with mesofauna...

interstitial fauna

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A Dictionary of Ecology (5 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

...fauna Animals that inhabit the spaces between individual sand grains. The term is often used synonymously with meiofauna , mesofauna , and microfauna...

Burgess Shale fauna

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The Oxford Companion to the Earth

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Science and technology, Earth Sciences and Geography
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979 words
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...Devonian Hunsrückschiefer, and the Carboniferous Mazon Creek fauna. The Burgess Shale fauna was discovered in 1909 by Charles Walcott , then head of the U.S. Geological Survey and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, while mapping in the Canadian Rockies. He opened up a small quarry and collected for the next eight years, eventually amassing a collection of 80 000 specimens at the Smithsonian Institution. Administrative duties prevented him from publishing thorough descriptions of the fauna, and that work was taken up in the 1960s by Harry...

Australia, fauna of

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Kenneth Morgan

Dictionary Plus Science and Technology

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Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Science and technology
Length:
65 words

...fauna of The fauna of Australia includes a great variety of animals. Eighty-three per cent of mammals, 89 per cent of reptiles, 24 per cent of fish and insects, and 93 per cent of amphibians that inhabit the continent are native to Australia. To counteract threats to its fauna, Australia has passed wide-ranging federal and state legislation and established numerous protected areas. Kenneth...

Solnhofen lithographic limestone fauna

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The Oxford Companion to the Earth

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Current Version:
2003

...lithographic limestone fauna The Solnhofen lithographic limestones are Late Jurassic in age and occur beneath a large part of Bavaria, southern Germany. They consist of extremely fine-grained evenly bedded limestone, formerly quarried for use in printing. The environment in which the limestones were deposited was a series of marine lagoons restricted by barrier islands and a coral–hydrozoan barrier reef. High rates of evaporation coupled with restricted exchange of water with the open sea resulted in hypersalinity and the development of density...

Fauna and Flora International

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2017

... and Flora International The world's longest‐established international conservation body, founded in 1903 , and one of only a few whose mission is to protect the entire spectrum of endangered species of animals and plants world‐wide. In 2012 it had more than 100 projects in nearly 40 countries. http://www.fauna-flora.org/ Fauna and Flora International home...

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