Definitions

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  • adj. Occurring in tropical areas on all the major continents, i.e. in Africa, Asia and America, in 'all' the tropical regions. Used in biology, pertaining to area of geographical occurrence.

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  • adj. distributed throughout the tropics

Etymologies

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From pan- +‎ tropical.

Examples

  • The plants present are primarily of pantropical or cosmopolitan distribution, the main components being Sri Lankan (44%), African (28%), Malaysian (25%), and the remainder from distinct coral habitats.

    Maldives-Lakshadweep-Chagos Archipelago tropical moist forests

  • The pantropical red-footed booby (Sula sula) is another example of an isolated population.

    Ile Europa and Bassas da India xeric scrub

  • The secondary grasslands that cover most of the high, central highlands are composed of alien or pantropical grass and tree species.

    Madagascar subhumid forests

  • The Lecythidaceae are a pantropical family of trees found in the tropics of Central and South America, southeast Asia, and Africa, including Madagascar.

    Brazil nut family (Lecythidaceae) in the New World

  • Acacia is a pantropical and subtropical genus with species abundant throughout Australia, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

    Chapter 2

  • Acacia is a huge genus with pantropical distribution and a notable ability to survive in harsh environments.

    Chapter 2

  • LOWRY, J.B. and MACKLIN, W. (1988) Calliandra calothyrsus: an Indonesian favourite goes pantropical.

    Chapter 7

  • Distribution of the genus is pantropical, with some 70 species found in the Americas, 32 in Africa, 18 in Asia and 3 in Australia and Argentina

    Chapter 8

  • Erythrina species - pantropical multipurpose tree legumes.

    Chapter 36

  • Leucaena leucocephala (Lam.) de Wit, formerly known as L glauca, became pantropical in the 17th century from its native region in Central America and Mexico.

    Chapter 28

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