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Living on or in the ground: terricolous worms.

[From Latin terricola, earth-dweller : terra, earth; see ters- in Indo-European roots + -cola, -colous.]
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(Botany) living on or in the soil
[C19: from Latin terricola, from terra earth + colere to inhabit]
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(tɛˈrɪk ə ləs)

living on or in the ground.
[1825–35; < Latin terri-, comb. form of terra earth + -colous]
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The findings of 144 testate amoebae taxa in 29 samples, including 19 taxa not identified to the species level, is indicative of a high potential level of terricolous testate amoebae diversity, which can be caused by a diversity of microhabitat types produced by higher vascular plants and the antiquity of the Amazonian landscapes, and accentuate the importance of this part of the neotropics as a hotspot of biodiversity (Myers et al., 2000).
Solitary in the forest, terricolous, among litter fall, possibly arising from a buried wood.
During the late winter, reindeer fed on arboreal lichens in old-growth forests or moved to the fells, where snow conditions are more favourable for digging up terricolous lichens.
According to our observations throughout our field trips at the Edough level, we can observe a high lichen richness, while anthropogenic activity is a major source of loss of diversity in these forests such as overgrazing, which severely affects the development of lichen terricolous species, which will disappear as a result of grazing and trampling, clearing which reduces the structural diversity of forests (Boncina 2000, Humphrey et al.
If it is found attached to a rock, it is saxicolous, and if it is found on the ground or soil, it is terricolous. Occasionally, some lichens will occur on multiple types of surfaces.
The species is a terricolous sciophilous treelet (Agra et al., 2009; Feliciano and Salimena, 2011) found in semi-deciduous seasonal forest (Stehmann et al., 2009), moist upland forest ("brejos de altitude", (Agra et al., 2009)), and shaded areas of coastal forests in the Atlantic forest domain (Feliciano & Salimena, 2011; Stehmann et al., 2014).
Cladonia chlorophaea (Florke ex Sommerf.) Spreng.--Corticolous (Qxiercus rubra), terricolous (soil).
According to the classification of lichens [4, 41], we identified 29 genera of lichens, 12 families and 6 orders 63 epiphytic species and 5 terricolous species (3 genera of Cladonia and 2 genera of Roccella) were inventoried (Fig.
It is often disregarded since it is limited to special habitats and taxonomic expertise is insufficient; usually only a limited number of the larger and more conspicuous terricolous thallophyte species is included in releve species lists.