microhabitat

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microhabitat

[¦mī·krō′hab·ə‚tat]
(ecology)
A small, specialized, and effectively isolated location.
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Many studies have documented the use of sheltered microhabitats by littoral gastropods as protection from physical (desiccation, solar radiation, wave dislodgement) and biologic stressors (predation from crabs, birds, and fish; Raffaelli & Hughes 1978, Garrity 1984, Peckol et al.
A trophic network involving molds, invertebrates, and vertebrates, ancestrally adapted to the palm tree (Attalaea phalerata) microhabitat, maintains enzootic Trypanosoma cruzi infections in the Amazonian county Paco do Lumiar, state of Maranhao, Brazil.
balanorum is a shelter-limited microhabitat specialist in July 2009 at Las Animas, a small island and a series of small pinnacles in the central GOC.
The Edible-nest Swiftlet had significant diurnal variations in feeding attempts in 0-10 m Above Stream Bank Canopy, >30 m Above Ground, and 5-30 m Above Ground microhabitats, whereas the Glossy Swiftlet had diurnal variations, except in >10 m Above Forest Canopy, 0-10 m Above Forest Canopy, and >30 m Above Ground microhabitats (Table 10).
Estos autores afirman que las caracteristicas de los habitats y microhabitats de las regiones tropicales favorecen la dispersion de estos organismos, los cuales son ubicados normalmente explorando casi todo el rango de variacion del componente vegetal (hojarasca, ramas, troncos, hojas, etc.
Scorpions can utilize different microhabitats and in particular different vegetation for feeding, foraging or refuge.
Factors influencing microhabitat partitioning among coexisting species of arid land darkling beetles (Tenebrionidae): temperature and water conservation.
Interspecific differences in substrate affinities may reflect differences in relative foraging efficiencies of the three species, as well as variation in the number and size distribution of seeds among microhabitats (Reichman 1984).
The distributions of cotton rats (Sigmodon hispidus) and whitefooted mice (Peromyscus leucopus) are influenced by the distribution of microhabitats they prefer [1, 2].
Microhabitats are essentially biological islands where certain species congregate year after year.