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the number and variety of different species in a given area


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


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


the illegal harvesting of fish, game, or other species

endemic species

a species that is native to a particular place and found only there

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