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Ecosystems

Vocabulary Terms

TermDefinition
producers organisms that make their own food using the Sun's energy (plants)
consumers organisms that must eat other organisms to survive
decomposers organisms that break down dead matter
predators animals that hunt to eat
prey animals that are hunted
carrying capacity the maximum amount of plants and animals that an area can support
parasite feeds on and harms its host organism
behavioral adaptation a change in an organism's behavior that helps it survive
structural adaptation an organism's physical structure that helps it survive in its environment
protective coloration when an animal is the same color as its background (camouflage)
protective resemblance when an animal has the same color AND shape of its envorinment
biotic living organisms in an ecosystem
abiotic nonliving features in an ecosystem
natural events when things happen in nature that are not caused by humans
Created by: Mrs. Spinosa