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WFHS Biodiversity

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symbiosis
organisms sharing in a relationship
Parasitism
one organism benefits, the other is harmed, Parasites require hosts to live and reproduce
Mutualism
both organisms benefit, like a bee and a flower
extinct
organism is gone
invasive
organism is not from area and its presence is damaging other species
biodiversity
the number of different types of species in an environment
Cultural adaptation
organisms work with members of their own species to survive, such as geese flying in a "V"
Behavioral adaptation
something one organism does to survive- such as a crocodile holding its mouth open waiting for food to wander in
structural adaptation
a characteristic or body part on an organism that helps it survive, such as the large teeth of an alligator
4 facets of the Endangered Species Act of 1973
list the species, habitat protection, harassment is illegal, owning any part or whole organism is illegal
bioaccumulation
the buildup of toxin in the environment-- the higher we go up in a food chain, the more concentrated the toxin becomes
ecology
the study of living things and their relationships with one another and their abiotic world
Ecosystem
A region characterized by specific plants and animals, such as prairie grasses and ground squirrels-- live in a short grass priarie
Climax community
A region characterized by a stable community of plants and animals that doesnt change much over time-- What is our climax community in WF?
WFHS climax community?
TALL GRASS PRAIRIE
Niche
an organisms role in the environment
Indicator Species
a species whos health and numbers help show how the overall health of the environment is doing