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Science Ecology

Ecology for stuff

Biotic Potential The highest rate of reproduction under ideal circumstances.
Producers Creatures who use energy from an outside source usually the sun, to make energy rich food molecules.
Decomposers Creatures who break down once living matter to get its energy.
Consumers Creatures who obtain energy by eating parts of other organisms.
Growth Limits When growth of a population is limited by resources individuals of that species compete for. Ex. Food, water, shelter, territory
Carrying Capacity The largest number of individuals of one species that an ecosystem can support over time.
Limiting Factors Anything that restricts the number of individuals in a population. Ex. Food, shelter, water, territory, predators, and disease. (Has growth and death factors)
Ecosystem All of the organisms that live in an area and the non-living features of their environment.
Community All the populations of all the species in an area (ecosystem)
Population All the members of the one species that live in an area at one time
Habitat The place in which an organism lives
Niche An organism's role in its environment- how it obtains food and shelter, finds a mate, cares for its young, avoids danger, etc.
Created by: duckapus