faun-, fauni-, fauna-, -fauna (Latin: animal; a collective name for the animals of a certain region or time).
avifauna (singular) avifaunae (plural), avifaunal: All the birds present in a region, environment, or period of time.
Deprived of animals, used specifically of the removal of intestinal symbiotic protozoa from insects.
1. In ecology, animals that live on the sea floor, or attached to other animals or objects under water.
2. The total animal life inhabiting a sediment surface or water surface; any encrusting fauna.
In Roman mythology, a rural god, often depicted as a creature with the body of a man and the legs and horns of a goat. The Greek equivalent is satyr.
An ancient Italian rural goddess of fruitfulness in Roman mythology, the sister of Faunus.
fauna singular, faunae plural; faunal:
1. The animal life of a particular region or period, considered as a whole.
2. A catalog or list describing the animals of a particular region or period.
3. The name fauna was introduced into zoology by the Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus (Karl von Linne (1707-78).
A reference to animals or animal life.
Archaeology, A disturbance of the soil surface by animals, especially by the burrowing and tunneling of gophers, mice, rabbits, and the like.
The assemblage of animal species in a particular area.
A person who studies or writes about animal life; a naturalist.
2. A student or writer about faunae.
The study of all or part of the animal species of a particular locality or region.
In geology, a body of strata characterized by a distinctive assemblage of animal fossils.
An abnormal desire to watch animals copulate.
Of or pertaining to faunology.
That department of zoology that deals with the geographical distribution of animals; zoogeography.
1. The animal population of a small geographical area or microhabitat.
2. The population of a micro-environmental niche; such as, intestine, bark, etc.
In paleontology, a small community of fauna, especially a group of animal fossils found only in a single stratum or in a succession of thin strata.
In Roman mythology, the god of nature, farming (agriculture and cattle-raising), fertility, hunting, and herding. He was also considered the guardian of the secret lore of nature. His priests were the Luperci and his social festival was the Lupercalia. The Greek equivalent to Faunus is Pan.
The fish fauna, or fish-life, of a sea or region.
The total animal life within a sediment; endobenthos. Those bottom-dwelling forms that burrow.
1. Widely distributed fauna.
2. Fauna of a macrohabitat (a habitat that contains a variety of environments and ecological niches capable of supporting a wide range of plants and animals).
3. In zoology, animals visible to the naked eye.
1. The smaller, invertebrate fauna of sea bottoms.
2. In zoology, a classification of animals that are intermediate in size between those that can easily be seen with the naked eye (macrofauna) and those that are microscopic (microfauna).
1. Small animals not visible to the naked eye.
2. A localized group of animals.
3. The animals of a microhabitat (a small, specialized, habitat).
Collective term for the native fishes (of any district or country); the fish-fauna.