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[zoh-uh-jee-og-ruh-fee] /ˌzoʊ ə dʒiˈɒg rə fi/
the science dealing with the geographical distribution of animals.
the study of the causes, effects, and other relations involved in such distributions.
1865-70; zoo- + geography
Related forms
zoogeographer, noun
[zoh-uh-jee-uh-graf-ik] /ˌzoʊ əˌdʒi əˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
zoogeographical, adjective
zoogeographically, adverb Unabridged
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  • Such comparisons can provide valuable insight about the zoogeography of the region.
British Dictionary definitions for zoogeography


the branch of zoology concerned with the geographical distribution of animals
Derived Forms
zoogeographer, noun
zoogeographic (ˌzəʊəˌdʒɪəˈɡræfɪk), zoogeographical, adjective
zoogeographically, adverb
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zoogeography in Science
The scientific study of the geographic distribution of animals. See more at biogeography.
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Encyclopedia Article for zoogeography

the branch of the science of biogeography (q.v.) that is concerned with the geographic distribution of animal species. In addition to mapping the present distribution of species, zoogeographers formulate theories to explain the distribution, based on information about geography, physiography, climate, and geologic history, as well as knowledge of the evolutionary history and relationships of the animals involved.

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