14 terms

8th Grade Science (Ecosystems )

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ecology
(n.) study of organisms and what they do with and within their environment
niche
(n.) role or job of the organism in its environment (where it lives, who it eats, etc.)
community
(n.) all of the members of a group in one area
diversity
(n.) a lot of different things in one place
habitat
(n.) where a plant, animal, or other organism lives
decomposer
(n.) an organism that eats and breaks down already dead organisms
scavenger
(n.) heterotroph that eats dead organisms
omnivore
(n.) an animal that eats both meat and plants
herbivore
(n.) an animal that eats only plants
carnivore
(n.) an animal that eats only meat
limiting factor
(n.) things that stop a population from growing bigger (ex: predators, people)
predator
(n.) an animal that hunts other animals for food
prey animal
(n.) an animal that is eaten by another animal for food
parasite
(n.) an organism that uses another organism to live
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