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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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Natural hybridization and trend towards extinction in some relict Texas toad populations.
The goals of the study were: (1) to document existing distributions through a statewide survey of living and recent shell materials; (2) to document the extent of past distributions through collection of relict specimens and by searching museums for relevant vouchers; (3) to identify changes in the fauna through comparison of distributions revealed by recent and relict shells; (4) to identify and understand the primary factors influencing past and present distributions; and (5) to develop a model to account for changes in the fauna through time.
Here a new species is presented from a relict pine forest in east-central Texas near the western limits of this mostly eastern genus.
This also suggests that the Ridge and Valley of East Tennessee may serve as a refuge for relict populations with Cumberland Plateau and Blue Ridge affinities.
These wetlands vary substantially in nature and origin, but closed to semi-closed depressions and lakes on current and relict floodplains are the most common type.
The Indonesian banteng, which some believe to be an actual surviving relict population of the aurochs, is B.
This discovery and the presence of other relict populations in southern Georgia suggest that the range of D.
Missing in text is the fact that Relict Gull (Ichthyaetus relictus) often forages along shore like a shorebird.
Here, by the river that cuts through Shields, On a hill stands Dolly Peel, Relict of the boom-times.
At the lowest grades, metabasite contains primary igneous textures and relict plagioclase and pyroxene.