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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Elner (2000): Predation on meiofaunal and macrofaunal invertebrates by Western Sandpipers (Calidris mauri): evidence for dual foraging modes.
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.
The abundance and composition of benthic meiofaunal communities may be affected directly through feeding by higher trophic level organisms or indirectly through disturbance to the sediments that results from feeding activity (10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15).
Aryuthaka 1998 Meiofaunal Communities in a Malaysian Mangrove Forest.
2002) found that both soil microbial and soil meiofaunal (nematode) communities responded to heavy metal contamination in similar ways--such parallel analyses are the only way to investigate the complex interactions and predict possible adverse effects of heavy metals.