geo-, ge- +

(Greek: earth, land, soil; world; Gaia (Greek), Gaea (Latin), "earth goddess")

zoogeographical region (s) (noun), zoogeographical regions (pl)
1. Any of the major geographical areas into which the earth is divided on the basis of distinct forms of animal life or fauna; for example, the Australian region includes marsupial and monotreme forms; such as, the platypus and the echidnas (spiny anteaters), not found elsewhere. Also known as the zoogeographical realm.
2. Nine such regions exist:
  • Palaearctic (Northern Europe and Asia)
  • Nearctic (North America, Greenland, etc.)
  • Ethiopian (Africa and Arabia)
  • Madagascan (east coast of Africa)
  • Neotropical (Mexico, Central and South America)
  • Oriental (India, Burma, and S.E. Asia west of Wallace's Line)
  • Australasian (Australia, New Guinea, and islands S.E. Of Wallace's Line)
  • New Zealand (including neighboring islands)
  • Polynesian (numerous pacific islands of volcanic origin having no apparent connection with the continents)
—A.W. Leftwich. A Dictionary of Zoology, 1973.
zoogeography (s) (noun), zoogeographies (pl)
1. The study of the geographical distribution of animals and animal communities.
2. The scientific study of the areas where different animals live and the causes and effects of such distribution; especially, distributions on a large or global scale.
Animals from Australia or examples of zoogeography.
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Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "land, ground, fields, soil, dirt, mud, clay, earth (world)": agra-; agrest-; agri-; agro-; argill-; choro-; chthon-; epeiro-; glob-; lut-; myso-; pedo-; pel-; rhyp-; soil-; sord-; terr-.