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Schrift - wk 5.1 Ecosystems

ecosystem all the living and nonliving things that interact with one another
population all the members of the same type of oraganism living in an ecosystem
Organism A living thing
Species A single kind of organism, one type of plant or animal such as dandelions or cows
community a group of living things of different species found in an ecosystem
habitat the natural environment that meets all the need of an organism where it lives
niche role or job of an organism in its habitat
carnivore meat eater
producers organism that makes its own food from raw materials and energy (plants)
omnivores plant and meat eaters
decomposers breaks down dead plants and animals into useful things like nutrients and minerals that enrich the soil
scavengers animals that eat the remains of dead animals
predators animal that hunts and eats other animals
herbivore plant eaters
consumers organism that gets energy by eating food (plants or other animals), not producing its own food
food web description of all the food chains in an ecosystem
food chain The movement or flow of energy from one organism to another in an ecosystem
Created by: kschrift