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n. pl. re·fu·gi·a (-jē-ə)
An area inhabited by one or more relict species.

[Latin, refuge; see refuge.]


n, pl -gia (-dʒɪə)
(Environmental Science) a geographical region that has remained unaltered by a climatic change affecting surrounding regions and that therefore forms a haven for relict fauna and flora
[C20: Latin: refuge]


(rɪˈfyu dʒi əm)

n., pl. -gi•a (-dʒi ə)
an area where conditions have enabled a species or a community of species to survive after extinction in surrounding areas.
[1940–45; < Latin; see refuge]
References in classic literature ?
My lord proposed to erect a miniature Babylon amid similar pleasant surroundings, a little dream-city by the sea, a home for the innocent pleasure-seeker stifled by the puritanism of the great towns, refugium peccatorum in this island of the saints.
Objectives : The goal of the project is the conservation of the forest fauna refugium in Carpathian mountains (area of Podkarpackie Voivodeship) through determination and conservation of the existing ecological corridors, ensuring maintenance of environmental cohesion for animal population.
The hyporheic zone could serve as a flow refugium for benthic invertebrates during times of flooding in the Kokosing River (Williams & Hynes 1974).
Sampled sites (n = 16) within the spring systems contained species of fish of concern, and shared common environmental settings included consistent water temperatures that are within the range of the thermal tolerance of the red-rim melania snail, excluding the Big Bend National Park Refugium Pond that exceeds tolerance limits (Mitchell and Brandt, 2005; Fig.
Considering the geologic evidence and the age of Apiineae, Australia appears to be its most likely center of origin, with New Caledonia serving as a refugium where some ancient relicts survived and then later diversified, leading to a proliferation of neo-endemic species.
The even-year broodline may have survived the glaciation in a northern refugium (Aspinwall, 1974).
My results suggest that current Bornean orang-utan populations are the result of a recent radiation throughout the island, following the probable confinement within a glacial refugium in the Pleistocene.
Systematics, phylogeny and biogeography of Anterastes (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae, Tettigoniinae): evolution within a refugium.
Refugium, Lancaster Sound/North Water Polynya, Disko Bay/Store Hellefiskebanke
It is currently known only from the relict Lost Pines loblolly forest, which is a post-ice age refugium for a variety of animal and plant species not expected to occur so far west of the southeastern United States.