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Natural Selection
The process by which organisms best suited to their environment will survive and reproduce.
Adaptation
A change in an organism that makes it better able to survive in its environment.
Camoflauge
Any marking or coloring that helps an animal hide from other animals.
Mimicry
An animal's ability to copy the appearance or behavior of another unrelated organism.
Ecosystem
The interrelationshiops between living things and non-living things in an area or environment.
Habitat
A specific area where plants and animals live.
Niche
The function an organism plays in the habitat, or how an organism lives among other organisms in an ecosystem.
Community
The plants and animals living in an area.
Population
A number of organisms of one species in a certain area.
Species
Organisms that are grouped together due to the ability to interbreed.
Homeostasis
A balance or stability within an ecosystem.
Producer
All green plants which make foods. The basis of all food chains.
Food Chain
A chain of organisms that feed off each other passing energy onto the next level of the chain.
Food Web
A combination of food chains
Consumer
And organism that feeds on other organisms.
Decomposer
An organism that lives by breaking down other bodies and releasing minerals into the environment.
Scavenger
An animal that eats animals that are already dead.
Herbivore
Animals that eat plants.
Carnivore
An animal or plant that feeds off animals.
Omnivore
Animals that eat both plants and animals.
Symbiosis
The living together of two or more organisms of different species.
Commensalism
A relationship between organisms in which one benefits and the other is neithger hurt nor harmed.
Parasitism
A relationship between organisms in which one organism is harmed and the other benefits.
Mutualism
A relationship between organisms in which both organisms benefit.