Meaning of biota in English:


Pronunciation /bʌɪˈəʊtə/


mass nounEcology
  • The animal and plant life of a particular region, habitat, or geological period.

    ‘the biota of the river’
    • ‘The Macaronesian flora has traditionally been suggested to represent the relictual fragment of a subtropical Tertiary plant biota once widespread in Europe and northern Africa.’
    • ‘There is little question that the uniqueness of the habitat and biota was greater before the causeway was built.’
    • ‘Roots may also be closely associated with other organisms, such as soil biota or symbionts, and differ in their degree of lignification.’
    • ‘Homeostasis arises as a natural consequence of biota - environment interactions.’
    • ‘This negatively affects them, resulting in reduced recruitment, reduced food availability, and lower survival of indigenous biota.’
    • ‘Congruence is interpreted to mean that a widespread ancestral biota was fragmented by a series of successive vicariant events.’
    • ‘And then there are those who don't care about the impacts on native biota, the fundamental ecosystem providers to life on Earth.’
    • ‘Much is now known about the stratigraphy and palaeobiogeography of this biota through current interest in the definition of the base of the Cambrian System.’
    • ‘In the end, the sustainability of the aquaculture industry will benefit from a description of the gastrointestinal biota of aquatic organisms.’
    • ‘And if that's the case, perhaps there's a whole biota, a whole subsurface biota, that we have yet to discover.’
    • ‘As much as 73 percent of the island's original biota (flora and fauna) has been extirpated.’
    • ‘Moreover, they are homogenizing the earth's biota, leading to biodiversity losses and changes in ecosystems.’
    • ‘Most clades expand from the larger, more diverse biota.’
    • ‘Accurate descriptions of such patterns can be informative of past vicariant events that have had an impact on the evolution of diverse biota.’
    • ‘Species introduced to control one pest have driven other native biota to extinction.’
    • ‘These creatures were a fully alien biota, and it is time to confess: I am a neophile, an inordinate lover of the new, of diversity for its own sake.’
    • ‘And if you're looking at biota and you're thinking of the environment, you're more likely to do that maybe.’
    • ‘These two factors will influence the spectral dose of UV radiation received by covered biota.’
    • ‘The river has its own regulatory adjustments and its own dependent biota.’
    • ‘Because of the fragility of the island's biota, access to the islands is tightly regulated, and most tourist expeditions only stay for three or four days.’


Early 20th century modern Latin, from Greek biotē ‘life’.