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Ecology Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Ecosystem interacting populations of organisms with biotic and abiotic factors
Population all the members of the same group of organisms living in a particular area at a particular time
Predator an animal that hunts and eats other animals
Prey an animal that is hunted and eaten by other animals
Limiting Factors needs that must be met for organisms in all ecosystems such as food and water; they limit the amount of organisms that can live in an area
Abiotic nonliving limiting factors (ex: temperature and water)
Biotic living factors in an environment; affect an organism's survival and population
Competition when more than one individual or population compete for the same limited resource; only the organisms that get the needed resources will survive.
Niche an organism's role in an ecosystem
Carrying Capacity the maximum number of organisms that can be maintained in an ecosystem
Interdependence how biotic and abiotic factors compete and depend on each other in an ecosystem
Created by: emily_46723