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relict

(rĕl′ĭkt, rĭ-lĭkt′)
n.
1. Ecology A species that inhabits a much smaller geographic area than it did in the past, often because of environmental change.
2. Something that has survived; a remnant.
3. Law A widow or widower.

relict

see RELIC.
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These regional herpetofaunas were compared on the basis of taxonomic diversity; the presence of Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary re-entrant post-glacial species of Holman (1992); the presence of gaps in the distribution of generally widespread taxa; and the presence of relict species.
Relict species are still present in areas, but variation has occurred even within historic times.
It has remained ecologically stable for tens of millions of years, enabling it to harbor relict species, says Arctander.