is a collective term for animal
life. The corresponding term for plants is flora
. Technically, the proper term for fauna
, but fauna is often used instead. In zoology
the term is often used to refer to the typical collection of animals (and sometimes plants) found in a specific time and/or place -- e.g. the 'Sonoran Desert
fauna' or the 'Burgess shale
Paleontologists sometimes refer to a sequence of 80 or so faunal stages.
is also an alternate name for Bona Dea
, ancient Roman
goddesses. The name Marica
is also used.