Tuesday, 16 July 2013


Biota, Endemism, Animals, Reptile
The Galapagos Land Iguana
Photo courtesy of PlanetGordon.com


Noun. Early 20th century.
[modern Latin from Greek biote life.]

The animal and plant life of a region.

Biota, by its definition, has a quite incredible scope. In defining a particular biota by its time period, you could talk of a the biota from any specific nano-second, or one encompassing whole geological periods or even the biota since the beginning of time itself. Geographically, you could speak of the biota of a particular dash of garden soil all the way up to the biota of the entire Earth. If that's still a little small-scale for your tastes, why not discuss the biota of the whole universe, or (if you want to get really big and rather theoretical about it) the biota of the total multiverse?

As I was unable to find any authentic photos of the multiverse (or even the universe), I've included some photographs of various species from the Galapagos Islands, famed for its endemic flora and fauna since the visit of Charles Darwin in 1835.

Focas, playa, Endemism,
Sea lions on a beach in the Galapagos Islands.
Photo by Max Ruckman
If you know of any particularly fine or interesting biotas, do please leave your comment below


  1. The biota of the underside of the layer of paperwork on the floor of my office disturbs me greatly and prevents me from checking my accounts or filing meaningful tax returns.


    1. I'm convinced my computer keyboard has its own biota, but I'm too biophilic to do anything about it.

  2. I understand that only ten per cent of the cells in my body are human. But personally I try not to think about it.

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