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Thriving among or inhabiting rocks.

[Latin rūpēs, rock (from ruptus, past participle of rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots) + -colous.]
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(ruːˈpɪkələs) or


(Biology) biology living or growing on or among rocks
[C19: from Latin rūp(ēs) crag + -i- + -colous]
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Adj.1.rupicolous - composed of or inscribed on rock; "rupestral drawings in the caves of Northern Spain"
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References in periodicals archive ?
See more explanations in Materials and Methods section (e) Growth form: E, epiphytic; L, lithophytic, R, rupicolous (inhabiting rock areas or rock crevices); T, terrestrial (f) NP, number of populations examined (g) %P, percentage of polymorphic loci; A, mean number of alleles per locus; [H.sub.e], genetic diversity.
This is because both adult males and females are arboreal and rupicolous; they are both active between 9:00 h and 16:00 h in the wet season and between 9:00 and 14:00 in the dry season (Bustos et al., 2013).
It is surprising that rupicolous vegetation has received so little attention despite its large biological importance (Meirelles et al., 1999; Burke, 2003); however, it was recently suggested that these communities occur in habitats that are analogous to those where the process of adaptation to xerophytic conditions may have arisen (Perez-Garcia & Meave, 2004).
The species of Alcantarea are exclusively saxicolous or rupicolous, living mostly in sun-exposed areas in rocky escarpments in the domain of the Atlantic Forest (with 23 taxa or 85% of the species).
Taxonomic relevance of the gametophytic generation in a strictly rupicolous fern group: Asplenium seelosii s.