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 (sĕm′ē-tə-rĕs′trē-əl, sĕm′ī-)
Not growing or living entirely on land; partly terrestrial: a semiterrestrial crustacean.


living partly but not wholly on land; living partly on land and partly in water; involving both land and water


(ˌsɛm i təˈrɛs tri əl, ˌsɛm aɪ-)

living mostly on land but requiring a moist environment or nearby water, esp. as a breeding site: Most amphibians are semiterrestrial.
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Adj.1.semiterrestrial - chiefly but not exclusively terrestrial
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Natural history and social organization of the semiterrestrial grapsid crab Pachygrapsus transversus (Gibbes).
Starvation resistance in larvae of a semiterrestrial crab, Sesurma curacaoense (Decapoda: Grapsidae).
Decapod crustaceans in intertidal and semiterrestrial habitats of estuarine and coastal shores have two larval life history strategies.
Although numerous reports on reproductive biology of marine, intertidal and estuarine crabs are available (Kumar, Xiao, Venema, & Hooper, 2003; Lestang, Hall, & Potter, 2003; Sallam, 2005; Oh, Kim, Jeong, Suh, & Cho, 2006; Hemni, & Koga 2009; Omolara, 2010; Sahoo, Panda, & Guru, 2011), limited works are available on the population and reproductive biology of freshwater, semiterrestrial or land crabs (Mansur, & Hebling, 2002; Liu, & Jeng, 2005; Hartnoll, Broderick, Godley, & Saunders, 2009; Hartnoll et al., 2010; Patlire, & Mina, 2010; Devi, & Smija, 2013).
Ucides cordatus (Linnaeus, 1763) [17], a semiterrestrial crab, has great economic importance in Northeast Brazil, where it is considered an overfished species [18].
Paasivirta L, Lahti T and Peratie T (1988) Emergence phenology and ecology of aquatic and semiterrestrial insects on a boreal raised bog in Central Finland.
Bilac continues to scorn all forms of politics in "Bicho gosmento," (19) where he equates politics to a tiflomolgo, which he defines as a blind, semiterrestrial amphibian that wallows about in the mud.
Within the browncoal basin, there occur different ecological types of turtles: index genera for Paleogene fluviatil to brackish sediments as Allaeochelys and Rafetoides and the emydids as fluviatil to semiterrestrial element; and Testudinoidea as rare terrestrial/fluviatile elements.