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Ecology Vocab

Key terms from the Ecology Unit

QuestionAnswer
An organism that can make its own food Producer
A consumer that eats only plants Herbivore
An organism that breaks down waste and dead organisms Decomposer
A consumer that eats both plants and animals Omnivore
A consumer that eats only animals Carnivore
A series of events in which one organism eats another to and gets energy Food Chain
A pattern of overlapping food chains Food Web
A diagram that shows how much energy moves from one feeding level to the next Energy Pyramid
An organism that gets energy by feeding on other organisms Consumer
A carnivore that feeds on the bodies of dead organisms Scavenger
The study of how living things interact with each other and their environment Ecology
Any living thing Organism
An organism’s environment, that provides all the things it needs in order to survive Habitat
A living part of an organism’s habitat Biotic Factor
A non-living part of an organism’s habitat Abiotic Factor
A group of organisms that are similar and can mate with each other to produce offspring Species
All the members of one species in a particular area Population
All the different populations that live together in an area Community
A community of organisms, along with all the abiotic factors in the environment Ecosystem
The number of organisms that live in a certain area Population Density
Any factor that can cause a population to decrease Limiting Factor
The largest population that a habitat can support Carrying Capacity
Created by: 6thGradeScience