Stenothermal Animal

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Stenothermal Animal

 

a marine or soil-dwelling animal that is capable of living only at a certain temperature or within a very narrow range of temperatures. The temperature to which stenothermal animals are adapted varies from species to species. Thermophilic animals can live only at relatively high temperatures, usually no lower than 20°C (for example, reef corals, some insect species, and most reptiles). Cryophilic animals can live only at low temperatures, sometimes as low as 0°C (for example, some species of seals, arctic crustaceans, and salmon). Stenothermal animals contrast with eurythermal animals, which can tolerate a wide range of temperatures.

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