Meaning of herpetofauna in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhəːpɪtə(ʊ)ˌfɔːnə/


mass nounZoology
  • The reptiles and amphibians of a particular region, habitat, or geological period.

    ‘Therefore, the Hudson River population of Necturus is not unique among the aquatic herpetofauna.’
    • ‘In areas like savannas, where the scrub jays are in close proximity to suburban habitats, house cats are important predators of many bird species as well as herpetofauna.’
    • ‘The book also includes several studies on lesser-known animals - birds, herpetofauna and fishes - many of which have yet to be identified by science.’
    • ‘It is an updated field guide and natural history guide to the herpetofauna of Pennsylvania, also focusing on species found in the northeastern United States.’
    • ‘He also wants to create a comprehensive database of the herpetofauna in India for the next generation of researchers.’


Modern Latin, from Greek herpeton ‘creeping thing, reptile’ + fauna.