Definitions

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  • n. The smallest of the faunal size divisions, including mainly microorganisms but also sometimes applied to the tiniest species of animal groups such as ticks, insects, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fauna in which all the animals are of minute or diminutive size; a congeries of microscopic animals, or sometimes a depauperated fauna.

Etymologies

From micro- (“small, tiny”) +‎ fauna (“animals”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If you try ferments at home, you may find some interesting microfauna try to crash the party.

    fear not fermentation | Radical Futures Project

  • Long term manipulation of the microbes and microfauna of two subarctic heaths by addition of fungicide, bactericide, carbon and fertilizer.

    Effects of changes in climate and UV radiation levels on structure of arctic ecosystems in the short and long term

  • Organisms that live within the interstitial spaces of sea ice include microfauna such as protists, and larger organisms such as ciliates, nematodes, rotatorians, turbellarians, and copepods.

    General description of the Arctic biota

  • It had to preserve beneficial microfauna in the vagina that are called lactobacilli and maintain the vagina's acid balance.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • As we pointed out, farming techniques are rapidly evolving away from plowing residues back into the ground, in light of studies that show this actually reduces the organic content of the soil due to the disruption of microfauna.

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • However, research has now shown this practice leads to long-term reduction of organic matter in the soil, due to disruption of soil microfauna.

    Analog Science Fiction and Fact

  • Because there was absolutely no sense of scale, some of the figures being created on the screen could have been equally well interpreted as bizarre galaxies - or the microfauna in a drop of ditchwater.

    The Ghost from the Grand Banks

  • Therefore, we must investigate to see what the influence of this extraordinary quantitative increase in organic material added per year per hectare is on the microfauna of the soil and on the solution of the problem of the years of poverty.

    INAUGURATES VOISIN

  • However, when the third or the fourth year has passed, that microfauna has practically disappeared, or is considerably reduced.

    INAUGURATES VOISIN

  • The conditions of life for those microorganisms or the microfauna in the soil are changed.

    INAUGURATES VOISIN

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