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eurytopic

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February 04, 2013
adjective
\yur-ih-TAH-pik\
Definition
: tolerant of wide variation in one or more environmental factors
Examples
Eurytopic groups are observed in a wide range of habitats.

"Eurytopic species tend to have longer geologic ranges than stenotopic ones because they are more likely to survive environmental disturbances and therefore persist through time." — From Ronald Martin's 2013 book Earth's Evolving Systems
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Did You Know?
"Eurytopic" evolved in the 1930s along with "stenotopic," which means "having a narrow range of adaptability to changes in environmental conditions." Both words are rooted in Greek, with "eurys" meaning "broad" or "wide," "stenos" meaning "close" or "narrow," and "topos" meaning "place." Eurytopic species can typically be found in a broad range of places. An example would be the perch, a fish that can be found in ponds, lakes, streams, and rivers. By contrast, stenotopic species inhabit a narrow region. Examples include the rare Spoon-billed Sandpiper as well as the plants, animals, and other organisms bearing a specific area-related name, such as the Indiana Bat.

Word Family Quiz: What descendant of "topos" can mean "of, relating to, or being the practice or art of training, cutting, and trimming trees or shrubs into odd or ornamental shapes"? The answer is ...
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