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Chapter 10 Biodiversity

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Biodiversity
the number and variety of different species in a given area
Gene
piece of DNA that codes for a specific trait and can be inherited by an organisms offspring
keystone species
species that are critical to the functioning of an ecosystem
ecotourism
form of tourism that supports the conservation and sustainable development of ecologically unique areas
endangered species
species that is likely to become extinct if protective measures are not immediately taken
threatened species
species that has a declining population and is likely to become endangered if not protected
exotic species
species that is not native to a particular region
poaching
the illegal harvesting of fish, game, or other species
endemic species
a species that is native to a particular place and found only there