noun Ecology.
land animals of a given area that can be seen with the unaided eye.

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megafauna (ˈmɛɡəˌfɔːnə)
the component of the fauna of a region or period that comprises the larger terrestrial animals

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megafauna   (měg'ə-fô'nə)  Pronunciation Key 
Large or relatively large animals of a particular place or time period. Saber-toothed tigers and mastodons belong to the extinct megafauna of the Oligocene and Pleistocene Epochs.
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in soil science, animals such as earthworms and small vertebrates (e.g., moles, mice, hares, rabbits, gophers, snakes, and lizards). The food habits of soil megafauna vary; earthworms ingest both soil and organic matter, but most of the vertebrates feed on plant material, invertebrates, and other small vertebrate animals. Megafauna are the principal agents of soil turnover and distribution; this movement loosens soil structure, improves aeration and drainage, and distributes soil microorganisms.

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Example sentences
Others argue that the discovery of megafauna such as whales prompted stories of
The place was full of charismatic megafauna, as biologists say in moments of
  attempted clarity.
The impact of these changes on megafauna such as great cats has been profound.
Immediately recognizable, these particular species epitomize charismatic
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