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Ecosystem Vocabulary

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aquatic
A term that describes an organism associated with a water environment.
environment
the surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal, or plant lives or operates.
habitat
the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism.
observe
to see; to notice
terrestrial
relating to the land
aquarium
a container of water for fish, animals, or plants
model
A representation of an object or event
Germination
the sprouting of a seed
terrarium
a clear container housing plants and small land animals
Photosynthesis
process by which plants and some other organisms use light energy to convert water and carbon dioxide into oxygen and high-energy carbohydrates such as sugars and starches
Organism
A living thing
producer
An organism that makes its own food
consumer
An organism that obtains energy by feeding on other organisms
Respiration
breathing
fry
baby fish
gastropods
A mollusk with a single shell or no shell. Snails and slugs.
gravid spot
Black spot on the side of a female fish that is carrying offspring within its body.
larvae
The newly hatched, wingless, often wormlike form of many insects.
lateral line
a faint line visible on both sides of a fish's body that runs the length of the body and marks the location of sense organs that detect vibrations in water
live bearer
an animal that gives birth to live, fully formed offspring
radula
An organ covered with teeth that mollusks use to scrape food into their mouths
scavengers
an organism that feeds on the dead bodies of other organisms.
Ecosystem
A system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their physical environment
dependent
relying on someone or something else for support
independent
not depending on someone or something else for support