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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]
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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.
Our results also show that the ancient refugium for the European snow vole in the Kopet Dagh was detached from the Hyrcanian refugium in the mesic mountains to the south of the Caspian Sea.
The second recently identified unionid refugium that we sampled occurred at the southern shore of Lake Erie (Crail et al.
The facility is a refugium for an assortment of species, most of which are naturally found in the Guadalupe watershed and the Edwards Aquifer.
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.
We elaborate several plausible expansion routes from a glacial refugium in northern Afghanistan through the Hindu Kush Mountain Range into Pakistan and the western Karakoram.
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.
vehiculum in the Klamath-Siskiyou region of its range with evidence of at least one glacial refugium in the north and genetic structure across the Columbia River (Brunsfeld and others 2001; Steele and Storfer 2007).
This new evidence therefore puts at five millennia the duration of the Iberian Neanderthal refugium, and counters speculations that Neanderthal populations could have remained in the Gibraltar area until 28,000 years ago.