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 (mĕz′ə-fô′nə, mĕs′-)
n. pl. mesofauna or mes·o·fau·nas
Small macroscopic animals living in soil, such as mites.

mes′o·fau′nal adj.
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Gupta VVSR, Neate SM, Dumitrescu IR (1999) Effects of microfauna and mesofauna on Rhizoctonia solani in a south Australian soil.
Influencia dos processos de recuperacao do solo apos mineracao de carvao sobre a mesofauna edafica em Lauro Muller, Santa Catarina, Brasil.
Contrasting effects of salamanders on forest-floor macro-and mesofauna in laboratory microcosms.
Comunidade microbiana e mesofauna edaficas em solo sob caatinga no semi-arido da Paraiba.
Entre la mesofauna, los acaros oribatidos y los colembolos son los artropodos mas abundantes y de mayor diversidad especifica en el suelo.
Biochars provoke diverse soil mesofauna reproductive responses in laboratory bioassays, European Journal of Soil Biology 60: 104-111.
It is one of most important groups of soil mesofauna with high abundance (Hopkin 1997; Deharveng 2004; Zeppelini et al.
The high numbers of mesofauna in Acari and Entomobryomorpha may reflect their great importance in decomposition and the maintenance of soil fertility (ODUM & BARRETT, 2011).
This will be achieved by implementing the pipeline within an oceanic island setting that provides strong natural gradients of aridity and temperature to estimate: (i) soil arthropod mesofauna richness; (ii) community structure; and (iii) turnover within and among ecosystems and islands.