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An organism that requires a saline environment.

hal′o·phil′ic (-fĭl′ĭk), ha·loph′i·lous (hă-lŏf′ə-ləs) adj.


(Biology) an organism that thrives in an extremely salty environment, such as the Dead Sea
ˌhaloˈphilic, haˈlophilous adj


(ˈhæl əˌfaɪl)

an organism that requires a salt-rich environment.
hal`o•phil′ic (-ˈfɪl ɪk) ha•loph•i•lous (hæˈlɒf ə ləs) adj.
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Noun1.halophile - archaebacteria requiring a salt-rich environment for growth and survival
archaebacteria, archaebacterium, archaeobacteria, archeobacteria - considered ancient life forms that evolved separately from bacteria and blue-green algae
halobacter, halobacteria, halobacterium - halophiles in saline environments such as the Dead Sea or salt flats
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Halophilous coastal communities (Halimiono portulacoidis-Sarcocornietum alpinii) proper to the Marshes landscapes, in December.
Syntaxonomy of some halophilous communities of North and Central America.
Diatoms were grouped according to their habitat into plankton and periphyton, and according to their salinity tolerance, to brackish/marine, halophilous and freshwater taxa.
spikelet, nut, stipules, whorl, obovate capsule, halophilous, opposite epetiolate ovate leaves, etc.
4+5] convergent; dorsal preapical tibial seta absent; postabdomen symmetrical in both sexes; two spermathecae; articulated surs; prg and psg; and halophilous habits.
This finding is remarkable since the site consists of a plain with only small halophilous shrubs, is surrounded by Chaco vegetation, and lies around 40 km from the nearest rocky area.
A new species of halophilous water strider, Mesovelia polhemusi, from Belize and a key and checklist of the New World species of the genus (Heteroptera: Mesoveliidae).
Psammophilic pastures are common in sandy areas and halophilous vegetation in saline depressions.
furca is more thermophilous, less halophilous, requires more phosphorus, and multiplies more actively at the surface.
Subsequently, data related to halo-nitrophilous scrub vegetation and halophilous plant communities were subjected to multivariate analysis using Syntax 2000 software (Podani, 2001).