Chapter 53 - Chapter 53 Community = different species...

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Chapter 53 Community = different species living close together and interacting Interspecific interactions = interactions between different species living in a community Interspecific competition = competition between species Competitive exclusion = in case of competition, the less efficient competitor will be locally eliminated Ecological niche – an organism’s role in an ecosystem o Two species with identical niches cannot exist together in one community Resource partitioning – slight variations in a niche that allow ecologically similar species to coexist Character displacement – displacement of a morphological trait or resource that allows sympatric species to avoid competition Predation – predator killing and eating prey Cryptic coloration – blending in with the background, camouflage Aposematic coloring – bright, conspicuous coloring warns predators of chemical defenses Mimicry – prey imitates coloring of poisonous creatures in order to avoid
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2008 for the course BIO G 105 taught by Professor Campbell,d. during the Spring '08 term at Cornell.

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