One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of an organism) able to tolerate only a restricted range of habitats or ecological conditions.Often contrasted with eurytopic
- ‘Eurytopic taxa would be expected to have flatter fossil recovery potentials than more stenotopic forms.’
- ‘Moreover, it is apparent that some taxa were eurytopic whereas others were stenotopic.’
- ‘Protarabellites rectangularis and P. staufferi can, however, be found in marls and slightly deeper environments and seem to be less stenotopic than P. triangularis.’
- ‘Our findings also show that patterns of genetic divergences of stenotopic organisms provide valuable feedback on geological and sedimentological time estimates for lake level changes.’
1940s: from Greek stenos ‘narrow’ + topos ‘place’ + -ic.
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