Factors affecting the variety of species in an ecosystemPrint
Biodiversity is the total variation that exists among all living things on Earth. In an ecosystem, biodiversity refers to the range of species that are present in the community. It is vitally important to have such variety to support the ecosystem and continue to let it flourish.
A habitat is the place where an organism lives and the niche is the species' role in the ecosystem. This refers to the whole way of life and includes the use that it makes of the resources in its environment.
An adaptation is an inherited characteristic that makes an organism well suited to its environment.
This viper’s outer skin has adapted to its surroundings. The snake’s use of camouflage is of survival value. This adaptation will protect the snake from being seen by predators.
A desert is a habitat where the conditions are extremely dry and the soil lacks water.
A desert plant is able to survive in this harsh habitat due to the following adaptations:
Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands in 1835 where he discovered 13 different species of finches. The finches varied in size of beak and shape. This adaptation allowed the finches to pick and find suitable food from their habitat; it is of survival value to these birds.
In a stable ecosystem where the species are adapting to their surroundings, a wide variety of species can last for a long time as small changes won’t affect the entire ecosystem.
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