All animals are useful because each species plays a pivotal role in the habitat where it resides. Each animal has a purpose in its ecosystem. The removal of an animal affects the other species that reside in the ecosystem.Continue Reading
All of the species in the world are connected, from the largest animals to the smallest bacteria. Every species has a specific role.
Fungi and bacteria act as decomposers; without them, dead organisms and fecal waste would pile up and overtake an area. They also help replenish the soil's nutrients. Plants would be unable to grow without fungi and bacteria.
Plants compose the first level in an ecosystem's food chain. They are the source of all the energy ultimately found in an area. A process known as photosynthesis allows plants to make their own food. Without plants, herbivores would not have anything to eat and would die out. Herbivores are animals that strictly feed on plants.
Herbivores are eaten by omnivores and carnivores, omnivores eat both plants and animals, and carnivores only eat other animals. Both omnivores and carnivores are known as consumers. Consumers get energy all or in part by eating other animals. Their predation helps keep the population of species in an ecosystem under control. Removing consumers can upset an ecosystem's balance and lead to its collapse.Learn more about Pets
Plants provide food to people and animals, regulate the water cycle, create oxygen and provide a habitat for other species. Without plants, life on Earth would not be sustainable for most species, including humans.Full Answer >
Specialist species are animals that are adapted to a particular thing, such as a specific food or habitat. An example of a specialist species is a tiger salamander, which requires a consistent wetland habitat to breed and eats only insects and worms.Full Answer >
Sharks interact with a variety of different animals in their habitat, as they are predators, prey and hosts for a variety of other species. While some sharks reach large sizes and as adults are apex predators that fear no predators themselves, the majority of the world’s 400 living species of sharks are relatively small and thus serve as prey to other species.Full Answer >
To make a habitat for frogs and salamanders, fill a glass or plastic aquarium that has a ventilated cover with sterile, moistened soil and sand, a few plants, a piece of bark and a dish with clean water. Keep the habitat between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit and replace the water daily, as suggested by Michigan State University.Full Answer >