Principles of Ecosystems

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herbivore

eats only plants

carnivore

eats only animals

omnivore

eats both plants & animals

consumer

eats other organisms

producer

makes its own energy

food web

includes complex feeding relationships

food chain

includes 1 simple feeding relationship

population

same species in 1 area

community

the various species in 1 area

ecosystem

all living and nonliving things in 1 area

biome

regional or global ecosystems

detritivore

eats dead organic matter

decomposer

returns organic material back to the environment

biodiversity

the variety of living things in an ecosystem

generalist

eats many types of food

specialist

eats one or very few types of food

biotic

living things in an ecosystem

abiotic

nonliving things in an ecosystem

keystone species

a species very important to its ecosystem

ecology

the study of interactions among living things & their surroundings

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