mesofauna

noun

meso·​fauna
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: very small invertebrate animals (such as mites, nematodes, or centipedes) that are usually .1 mm to 2 mm (.004 to .08 inch) in length

Note: The terms macrofauna , mesofauna, and microfauna are used especially in describing those organisms living in or on soil or benthic sediment.

compare meiofauna
mesofaunal adjective
mesofaunal composition

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from mes- + fauna

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“Mesofauna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mesofauna. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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