What Is a Pond Community?

The term "pond community" refers to all the species of plants and animals living in a pond. The living things in ponds vary greatly because many organisms can't travel from one pond to another.

Ponds are still bodies of fresh water no more than 6 feet deep. Ponds may form naturally from rainwater or springs, or they may be artificial.

Representatives of almost every group of living creature live in ponds, including mammals, birds, amphibians, fish, reptiles, insects, invertebrates, microorganisms, plants and algae. Oxygen content, water temperature, cleanliness and material on the bottom influence the types of life forms in a pond community. A balance of different kinds of organisms is necessary so there is enough food for the life forms to live and reproduce.