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Ecology

TermDefinition
Consumer Any heterotrophic organism that eats producers or other consumers.
Food chain Series of organisms through which energy is transferred.
Biosphere Portion of the earth in which living things exist.
Carnivore Meat eating organism.
Biodiversity When a wide variety of different species live together in an ecosystem.
Habitat Place where organisms live.
Food web Diagram composed of several different food chains.
Competition Struggle for resources among organisms.
Ecology The study of how organisms interact with other living things and their physical environment.
Herbivore Plant/producer eating organism.
Predator Organism that hunts, kills, and eats the prey.
Limiting factors Any biotic/abiotic factors that can limit the growth of species populations in an environment.
Community A level or biological organization that includes all the population in a region.
Prey Organism that is killed and eaten by the predator.
Carrying capacity The number of individuals the environment can support.
Ecosystem A self sustaining community such as an aquarium.
Niche The role that each species plays in an ecosystem.
Decomposer Organism that breaks down dead or decaying organisms.
Succession The gradual replacement of one community for another until a climax (final) community is in place.
Created by: molti