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Interactions of Life

community all the populations of different species that live in an ecosystem
habitat place where an organism lives and that provides the types of food, shelter, moisture, and temperature needed for survival
ecology the study of the interactions that take place among organisms and their environment
limiting factor anything that can restrict the size of a population, including living and nonliving features of an ecosystem, such as predators or drought
biosphere the part of Earth where life can be found
ecosystem all the living (biotic) and nonliving (abiotic) factors in the same area
population made up of all the organisms of the same species that live in an area at the same time
competition occurs when two or more organism seek the same resources at the same time
carrying capacity the maximum number of individuals of one species that an ecosystem can support over time
organism an individual living thing
biome large area with distinct climate, plant, and animal life
niche the way an organism fits into its ecosystem
herbivore an animal that eats only plants
omnivore an animal that eats plants and other animals
carnivore an animal that eats only other animals
decomposer an organism, especially a soil bacterium, fungus, or invertebrate, that decomposes organic material
producer/autotroph an organism that makes its own food
consumer/heterotroph an organism that eats other organisms
Created by: MsHollinger



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