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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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Woodland managers wishing to conserve characteristic woodland understory plant assemblages and vegetation, including specialist and relictual species, frequently control and/ or exclude deer (Dolman et al.
Palabras clave: Chaco, Bosque relictual, Avifauna, Composicion, situacion y caracteristicas funcionales
Their presence in a relictual mammal suggest that the adaptive pressure is so important as the evolutionary level in the anatomical organisation of each organ, and in this fossorial animal, may be correlated with its adaptation to the niche.
Este patron paleobiogeografico coincide con la actual distribucion relictual del Bosque Tropical Seco del pacifico centroamericano.
Plectreurids are often considered a relictual family of haplogyne spiders and are currently grouped in two genera, Kibramoa Chamberlin 1924 and Plectreurys Simon 1893.
Dry-mesic upland forest, bluff and ravine forest, floodplain forest; contains relictual Tsuga canadensis.
The presence of this species in a deep mesophytic ravine harboring other relictual species reinforces data from vascular-plant studies documenting these habitats in the Niobrara River Valley as a postglacial corridor and refugium of considerable phytogeographic significance (Kaul et al.
Oligocene fossils of todies and motmots (Momotidae) from Wyoming and France, for example, indicate that the current ranges of these two groups are relictual (Olson 1976, Mourer-Chauvir[acute{e}] 1986, Feduccia 1996).
Slatkin's (1981, 1985) private alleles method was not used to estimate gene flow because there were a limited number of loci (Slatkin and Barton 1989), there were only a small number of private alleles (Slatkin 1985), and the potential confounding problems caused by relictual private alleles (Whitkus and Crawford 1987).
Longino interprets this nest structure as relictual evidence of an evolutionary past in which the ants lived in large and exposed carton nests.
The range of the so-called relictual intergrades between the lizards Sceloporus undulatus garmani and S.
Many distributions reflect the clear imprint of the late Wisconsinan glaciation (Smith, 1957), such as the relictual distributions of the southern bog lemming (Synaptomys cooperi) (Wetzel, 1955; Connor, 1959) and the persistence of the boreal red-backed vole (Myodes gapperi) on mountaintops in New Mexico (Bailey, 1932).