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Communities - Spring 2008 A community is made up of all the...

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Spring 2008
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A community is made up of all the populations which live and interact with each other within a habitat. A habitat is where an organism lives ~this is like how we sit in the same exact seats every time we come in. She did not make us sit here o Characterized by distinctive vegetation & physical features Factors which shape communities: Climate & topography – rainfall, temp., soil type, etc. Availability of food and other resources – space, etc.
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Adaptations that allow the utilization of specific resources - Specie interactions – competition, predation, mutualism, etc. Physical disturbances – immigration, episodic extinction, etc. Community properties – feeding levels, diversity, relative abundance, etc.
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Full range of physical and biological conditions under which individuals of a specie live and reproduce Each specie has its own niche defined by and with other organisms The best way to define it –
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Neutral – no effect on either species
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