faun-, fauni-, fauna-, -fauna
(Latin: animal; a collective name for the animals of a certain region or time)
2. Animals of a habitat that contains a variety of environments and ecological niches capable of supporting a wide range of animals.
3. In zoology, animals visible to the naked eye.
2. Creatures that had the dual virtues of being dramatically large and coexistent with prehistoric humans who hunted mammoths and mastodons.
American megafauna once included: mammoths, camels, giant short-faced bears, giant armadillos, stag moose, glyptodonts (resembling giant armadillos), saber-toothed cats, dire wolves (larger and having more massive skulls than modern wolves), giant ground sloths, and horses, among others.
2. In zoology, a classification of animals that are intermediate in size between those that can easily be seen with the naked eye (macrofauna) and those that are microscopic (microfauna).
2. A localized group of animals.
3. The animals of a microhabitat or a small, specialized, habitat.