cryptobiotic


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cryptobiotic

[¦krip·tō·bī′äd·ik]
(ecology)
Living in concealed or secluded situations.
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worms in the families Enchytraeidae and Lumbriculidae), organisms in cryptobiotic states (e.
Tiny invertebrates, including the cryptobiotic (such as symphylans, psocopterans, small isopods and small spiders) are better sampled (quantitatively) with the quadrat method.
Survival of the cryptobiotic eutardigrade Adorybiotus coronifer during cooling to -196[grados]C: effect of cooling rate, trehalose level, and short-term acclimation.
Their hooves churn the cryptobiotic soil crust that can impede seed germination when intact.
The crust, called cryptobiotic or microbiotic soil, is formed by filamentous cyanobacteria, interspersed with tiny lichens and micro-fungi (see Utah's fragile earth).
In many places, cryptobiotic soil--the organic microbial layer that binds the desert surface, protecting it from erosion--had been overrun and obliterated.
Cryptobiotic crusts have been observed growing in undisturbed soils around the tracks, but 60 years later, the crusts are still absent from the tracks themselves.
He adds that those areas are often covered by a delicate cryptobiotic crust that protects the desert from erosion, and for which a hole is anything but beneficial.
I've seen four-wheelers grind their way up desert rock formations near Moab, Utah, where century-old cryptobiotic crust, made up of soil lichens, green algae, bacteria, and mosses, is as easily damaged and difficult to restore as alpine tundra.
196) A crucial component of the desert ecosystem is the cryptobiotic crust made up of mosses, fungi, and lichens.
Crowe (1974) discusses several types of latent states among tardi grades including anhydrobiosis, the cryptobiotic state induced by desiccation, the state that most limno-terrestrial tardigrades must survive.
Effects of wet and dry pollutants on the physiology and elemental accumulation of cryptobiotic soil crusts and selected rock lichens.