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circumpolar distribution


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Denotes the range of organisms distributed around the North or South Poles. Strictly, the term should be reserved for organisms that extend into the polar regions. Eutrema edwardsii is a good example of a flowering plant with such a distribution around the North Pole; an animal example is the reindeer or caribou (Rangifer tarandus).

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry — Ecology and Conservation.


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