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refugium

(rĭ-fyo͞o′jē-əm)
n. pl. refu·gia (-jē-ə)
An area inhabited by one or more relict species.

refugium

an area that has escaped alteration during glaciation, for example a nunatak (a mountain peak isolated above an icecap), and in which relict communities may now exist.
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Evidently, the ancient refugium for the European snow vole in the Kopet Dagh and the Binaloud Mts.
tessellata had sufficient time to disperse into the Swat Valley and more eastern valleys from a potential glacial refugium in the southern Turanian lowlands (far northern Afghanistan and adjacent areas).
The Columbia River Valley has recently been proposed as a Pleistocene refugium for terrestrial organisms (Steele and Storfer 2006), and this may be the case for P.
Thirdly, the southern geographic location of the Anatolian refugium requires paying special attention to its role in the matter of rear-edge concept.
Paleoclimatic speculations suggested by new data on the location of the spruce refugium in Alaska during the last glaciation.
The assemblage of endemic taxa from these islands, which include mammals (Foster 1965; Cowan 1989), birds (Foster 1965; Cowan 1989), fish (Moodie and Reimchen 1973), beetles (Kavanaugh 1992), angiosperms (Calder and Taylor 1968), and bryophytes (Schofield 1989), have cumulatively provided support for a Pleistocene glacial refugium on or near these islands (summary in Scudder and Gessler 1989).
With wide-ranging, deep-ocean species, the refugium would have to be extremely large, and consequently it would be difficult to manage and enforce, and the political pressure to allow harvest would be too great.
The test with a refugium had a much higher index value (139) than that of the one without (21).
2006: A northern glacial refugium for bank voles (Clethrionomys glareolus).
Temperatures of one snake in a refugium during February was 5.
Only one documented instance of a potential plant refugium maintained by animals is known: that of the termite created soils around Mulga (Acacia aneura) logs (Tongway et at, 1989).
After more than 30 years of carefully monitoring the wild population, biologists are scrambling to establish a refugium for this small fish.