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Mrs. Bekoff - Eco.

Ecosystems - Chapter 1

Food Chain organisms/plants that use the sun's energy to make their own food.
Predators Animals that kill and eat other animals for food
Prey Animals that other animals hunt for food
Food Chain A series of organism through which energy is passed
Food Web A system of interlocking food chains
Decomposers Organisms that break down the dead bodies of other organisms. They are the last step of the food chain and are too small to see without a microscope
Adapt Go through changes that make them fit in better with the environment around them.
Photosynthesis Process when plants use water, carbon dioxide and energy from the sun to make sugar
Consumers A living thing that eats another living thing
Herbivores A living creature that eats only plants
Omnivores A living creature that eats a wide variety of plants and animals
Symbiosis A partnership between living things
Carnivores A living creature that is only or mostly a meat eater
Mutualism A kind of symbiosis in which both partners benefit
Parasites An organism that lives in or on another organism (the host) and benefits by taking nutrients from them
Parasitism A kind of symbiosis in which one partner benefits and then other is harmed
Scavenger An animal that consumes dead animals, but does not kill the animal itself
Host The partner that is used as a source of food by the parasite
Commensalism One partner benefits, the other is not helped or harmed
Created by: jbekoff