microfauna


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microfauna

[′mī·krə‚fȯn·ə]
(ecology)
Microscopic animals such as protozoa and nematodes.
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Estudio preliminar de la microfauna del suelo en areas de varillales y chamizales de la Amazonia peruana.
Scarce silicic sediments were observed as interpillow matrix, but not provided microfauna.
Por outro lado, a microfauna do Nivel K da gruta do Caldeirao, com Allocricetus bursae, demonstra a progressao ate ao ocidente peninsular das condiqoes estepicas cerca de 35 Ka calBR Tais condicoes prevaleciam aquando do surgimento na regiao, talvez ca.
However, microbial-feeding nematodes and other microfauna had managed to contaminate the control systems, developing to high densities (771 x [10.sup.3] + 343 X [10.sup.3] and 750 x [10.sup.3] [+ or -] 485 X [10.sup.3] nematodes/[m.sup.2], mean [+ or -] SD) in the systems with pine and birch seedlings, respectively, by the end of the experiment.
The first core was analysed for mesofauna (modified Bedese-Tullgren funnel), the second for microfauna (modified tray method), the third for soil chemistry (Olsen P, pH, [sup.15]N; see below) and the fourth soil core was collected in a 50-mm-diameter PVC pipe and assessed for soil structure (see below).
Other reptilian and therian groups were also well represented, in particular those that made up the microfauna. Several groups that have traditionally been somewhat disregarded were examined in the Symposium, and have been included in this Special Issue.
The food and feeding relationships of common meso and microfauna in the Malta Oya, a small mountainous stream at peradeniya, Ceylon.
radiata causes changes in the chemical soil properties and soil microfauna and macrofauna (Yeates et al.
Investigation of microfauna of rose bedeguar galld.
Consequently, it can be concluded that low abundance and species number values observed in the microfauna do not seem to be due to the persistent pollution in the estuary.
En la actualidad, para facilitar el estudio del zoobentos en general, se acepta a nivel internacional las categorias propuestas segun el diametro esferico de sus individuos que les permite explotar como grupos diferentes los recursos y nichos disponibles en ambientes bentonicos, estas categorias son: Microfauna (<45 [micron]m), Meiofauna (45-500 [micron]m), Macrofauna (>500 [micron]m-4.0 mm) y Megafauna (>4.0 mm) (Duplisea y Hargrave 1996).