One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an aquatic organism) able to tolerate only a narrow range of salinity.Often contrasted with euryhaline
- ‘In one group of species, osmoregulation varies little with developmental stage; the adults of these species, mostly marine and stenohaline, are weak regulators or osmoconformers.’
- ‘The way coastal-dwelling stenohaline organisms deal with salinity changes is by continual migration to remain within a water mass of constant salinity.’
- ‘Periods of decreased river flow enlarge the proportion of the estuary habitat favored by stenohaline organisms preferring highly saline conditions.’
- ‘Considering the three patterns of ontogeny of postembryonic osmoregulation, it is clear that the studied species classed in pattern I (all stages are weak osmoregulators or osmoconformers) are marine stenohaline osmoconformers.’
1930s: from Greek stenos ‘narrow’ + halinos ‘of salt’.
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