Shelf fungus and goldsmith beetles are two of the most common decomposers found in the temperate forest. Decomposers feed off decaying matter or consume the wastes produced by living organisms.Continue Reading
Shelf fungus decomposes trees and uses the rotten wood as a source of food. This type of fungi produces spores above the ground. Beetles, mites, spiders and other insects use the shelf fungus as a form of shelter.
Once shelf fungus infects a tree, there is no way to kill it. This fungus causes a significant amount of damage if it spreads to multiple trees in the forest, but it may be possible to save surrounding trees if the infected trees are removed quickly.
Goldsmith beetles have egg-shaped bodies. They have a metallic gold tint on the top of their bodies, which are either yellow or green. As larvae, goldsmith beetles eat rotting logs and tree roots. Adults eat leaves from several different types of trees, including willow, poplar, oak and hickory.
Bacteria, slugs, worms and snails are also examples of decomposers. Although these organisms eat waste or decaying matter, they are an important part of the food web. When a decomposer breaks down decaying matter, nutrients enter the surrounding soil. Plants rely on these nutrients for growth. If plants are unable to survive, animals will also die.Learn more about Earth Science
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Some of the animals found in a tropical forest include the jaguar, the macaw, lemurs and monkeys. In a temperate forest, depending on the latitude, there might be black bears or badgers.Full Answer >
In a temperate deciduous forest, the average precipitation per year ranges from 30 to 60 inches. This biome has four seasons, and the average precipitation amounts are evenly distributed throughout out the seasons. Temperate deciduous forests have temperatures that can range from -22 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit.Full Answer >
Tropical rain forests are forest biomes that occur close to the equator and experience high temperatures and significant amounts of rainfall each year. They may be evergreen or deciduous, and some are flooded during a portion of the year. Typically, rain forests feature tall old-growth trees that form a canopy high above the forest floor, with multiple levels of vegetation hosting animals and insects throughout.Full Answer >