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Ecology Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Ecology study of interactions among living things
Community group of different species that live together in one area
Ecosystem all organisms along with nonliving things in one area
Biome major regional or global community of organisms
Producer organisms that make their own food
Autotroph another name for producer
Consumer eat other organisms for nutrients and energy
Heterotroph another name for consumer
Chemosynthesis when an organism converts carbohydrates for a source of energy
Food Chain sequence that links species by feeding relationships
Herbivore consumer that eats only plants
Carnivore consumer that only eats meat
Omnivore consumer that eats plants and animals
Detritivore consumer that eats detritus (dead organic matter)
Decomposer break down organic matter into simpler compounds
Specialists consumer that eats one organism type or a small variety
Generalists consumer with a varying diet
Trophic Level levels of nourishment in a food chain
Food Web a chart that links all possible eating relationships with multiple organisms
Created by: brose1036