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River Vocabulary


Biodiversity is the term given to the variety of life on Earth. It is the variety within and between all species of plants, animals and microorganisms and the ecosystems within which they live and interact.
Macroinvertebrate an animal without a backbone that can be seen without a microscope
Ecosystem Organisms and their enviroment
Producers Plants that get their food from the sun's energy and act as a source of food (energy) for other organisms in an eosystem
Consumers A plant or animal that gets its energy (food) from other living things.
Decomposers Organisms that break down dead plant or animal matter and release the nutrients back into the soil.
Niche A niche is sediment growing on a rock
Ecology A form of biology that handles the relations of organisms to one another and their surroundings
Population Individuals in the same species using a particular area
Habitat The place and natural conditions in which a plant or animal lives.
Herbivore An animal that eats plants
Omnivore An animal that eats both plants and meat
Carnivore Animal that eats meat
Food Chain An ordered arrangement of animals and plants in which feed on the one below it in the chain
Food Web The complex network of chains in an ecosystem
Predator Wild animals that feed on other animals
Prey An animal that is killed by another animal as a source of food.
Created by: kristina.baker