from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A very small, specialized habitat, such as a clump of grass or a space between rocks.

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  • n. A specific habitat, typically extremely small, such as a cave corner or a cardboard box.


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  • MIT researchers have built a tiny microhabitat to study the food chain of marine microbes.

    Boing Boing

  • This new laboratory tool creates a microhabitat where tiny sea creatures live, swim, assimilate chemicals and eat each other.

    Boing Boing

  • Many arctic animals possess adaptations for escaping unfavorable weather, resource shortages, or other unfavorable conditions through either winter dormancy or by selection of refuges at a wide range of spatial scales, including microhabitat selection at any given site, seasonal habitat shifts within landscapes, and long-distance seasonal migrations within or across geographic regions.

    General characteristics of arctic species and their adaptations in the context of changes in climate and ultraviolet-B radiation levels

  • For small mobile animals (e.g., wingless soil invertebrates such as Collembola and mites), habitat selection on a very small spatial scale (microhabitat selection) enables individuals to find spatial refuges with temperature and moisture regimes adequate for survival [80].

    General characteristics of arctic species and their adaptations in the context of changes in climate and ultraviolet-B radiation levels

  • The richness is due to the wide variety of macrohabitats and microhabitat mosaics resulting from the range of elevations, soils and climatic conditions, including the co-existence of winter-rainfall species with summer-rainfall species from further east.

    Cape Floral Protected Areas, South Africa

  • On Vertisols and Alfisols, microhabitat processes are important.

    Texas blackland prairies

  • In the lithosols of the mountains, podzolization is the main soil-forming process, and a rich diversity of variable and localized soil conditions have selected for microhabitat plant specialists.

    Montane fynbos and renosterveld

  • Differently stated, each species may have been competitively excluding the others from its foraging microhabitat, thus allowing coexistence in the larger habitat; with the use of different foraging techniques enhancing resource sharing.

    Competitive exclusion principle

  • •The potential protection offered to a species against climate changes by its microhabitat is one of the traits under the category Range characteristics.

    Species vulnerability traits

  • For example, many invertebrates take refuge under rocks where they find a humid habitat away from sunlight and predators; the undersides of rocks are their microhabitat.

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