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Chapter 18 Section 2

Ecology Vocabulary

Habitat The place where an organism usually lives.
Biotoic Factor An environmental factor that is a associated with or a results from the activities of living organisms.
Abiotic Factor An envirinmental factor that is not associated with the activities of living organisms.
Tolerance Curve A grap of performance versus values of an environmental variable, such as temperature.
Acclimation An organism's change in response to a change in the organis's environment.
Conformer An organism that does not regulate it's internal conditions; they change as their external environment changes.
Regulartor An organism that uses its energy to control its internal conditions
Dormancy A state in which seeds, spores, bulbs, and other reproductive organs stop growth and development and reduce their metabolism, especially respiration.
Migration IN general, any movement of individuals or populations from one location to another; specifically, a periodic group movement that is characteristic of a given population or species.
Niche The unique position occupied by a species, both interms of its physical use of its habitat and its fuction within an ecological community.
Generalist A species with a wide range of niches; they can tolerate a range of conditions with a variety of resources.
Specialist A species that can tolerate only certain niches with specific resources.
Created by: RosenthalA16