What is a word for an area very dense in variety of insect/animal life?

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  1. stateofmind seeker of lies Valued Senior Member

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    The closest I can come up with is an "ecosystem" but that's kind of general and doesn't say anything about density. I feel like I've heard a word for this before but I'm not sure. Any ideas?
     
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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    You could go poetic rather than accurate:
    cornucopia, paradise, arcadia, Gaia, nursery...
     
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  5. Secular Sanity Registered Senior Member

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    Another word for "teeming with life" like biodiversity or species richness?
     
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  7. rpenner Fully Wired Staff Member

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    "Flourishing ecosystem" "prolific and abounding" "teeming" "swarming" "multitudinous" "We were set upon by untold and innumerous crawling and flying things. George never was so happy."
     
  8. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    The ecosystem was dense with multitudes of various insect life.
     
  9. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    According to Wikipedia, the term standing crop means the total biomass of the living organisms (all six kingdoms of living things: animals, plants, fungi, algae, bacteria and archaea) present in an environment. However, "biomass" excludes water (don't ask why), so you can't measure biomass while the organisms are alive!
     
  10. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    Eco-diverse, bio-rich and fecund are words I've encountered in literature about jungles.
     
  11. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Ooh. Fecund. Good one.
     
  12. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    "Fecund" is limited specifically to reproducing abundantly. Of course it also is used metaphorically for someone who is very talented, productive, etc.
     
  13. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    It is also used metaphorically for Nature, when describing an ecosystem that is dense in population and variety of life.
     
  14. Jeeves Valued Senior Member

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    Well, I suppose because the diversity depends on all the plants, insects, birds and animals engaging enthusiastically in their respective reproductive activities.
     
  15. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    Not to mention, serving as food for the organisms at the higher levels.

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  16. RemoteRural Registered Member

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    I've heard the noun phrase "biodiversity hotspot", which really seems to nail it. But if you're after a specific adjective, I too can only think of general ones. Given the significance of biodiversity in a heating, choking world, it's probably time someone invented that specific adjective.
     
  17. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    Wikipedia says that the definition has another very important dimension: the biodiversity is under threat of humans.
     
  18. RemoteRural Registered Member

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    ...and hey, what isn't.

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    I've just remembered a (compound) adjective I have heard— 'species-rich'. Doesn't feel really... fecund enough, though, does it.
     
  19. Sock puppet path GRRRRRRRRRRRR Valued Senior Member

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    Fauntastic
     
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  21. RemoteRural Registered Member

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    That's it. That's the exact term. I recognise it instantly.
    If it wasn't a word, it is now.
     
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