meiofauna

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meiofauna

[¦mī·ə′fȯn·ə]
(ecology)
Small benthic animals ranging in size between macrofauna and microfauna; includes interstitial animals.
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Due to their small size and the high similarity between closely related meiofaunal species, optical microscopic techniques are sometimes insufficient for an accurate species identification (Martinez, Di Domenico, Jorger, Norenburg, & Worsaae, 2013; Worsaae, Kvindebjerg, & Martinez, 2015), but provide enough information for unequivocal identification to the genus level.
Pearson product-moment correlations were performed to test the relationship between meiofaunal distributions and environmental variables.
Elner (2000): Predation on meiofaunal and macrofaunal invertebrates by Western Sandpipers (Calidris mauri): evidence for dual foraging modes.
Danovaro, "Benthic microbial loop and meiofaunal response to oil induced disturbance in coastal sediments: a review," International Journal of Environment and Pollution, vol.
These averages are similar to those from the Nova Scotia continental rise (0.46 and 0.47%; Thistle et al., 1985) at 4600m depth, where polychaetes were the most abundant macrofaunal group and nematodes the most abundant meiofaunal group.
Meiofaunal foraminiferans from the bathyal Porcupine Seabight (northeast Atlantic): Size structure, standing stock, taxonomic composition, species diversity and vertical distribution in the sediment.
Previous studies revealed that the meiofaunal organisms are essential to many commercial and/or cultured species through their entire life stages.
Scales of life range across microbial, meiofaunal, mesofaunal, maerofaunal, and megafaunal; modes of life include planktonic, pelagic, nektic, benthic (motile and sessile), epifaunal, semi-infaunal, and infaunal.
Meiofaunal colonization of artificial substrates in an estuarine embayment.