Underwater Ecology Rundown
Hover over these terms for definitions, but before you do see if you can guess what they might mean! How many can you guess correctly?
Community of living organisms and their environment.
The study of ecosystems and the relationships between living things and their physical surroundings.
The natural home of an organism that has all of the conditions necessary for survival.
An area of the ocean seashore that is covered in water when the tide is high and exposed when the tide is low.
A term used to relate to the water and organisms that live in the water.
An area submerged by water most of the time and only exposed in times of extreme low tides.
The physical, non-living components of an ecosystem (e.g. water temperature and light).
The living components of an ecosystem (e.g. animals and plants).
An animal without a backbone.
Opposed to an invertebrate, a vertebrate is an animal that has a backbone or spinal column.
Something an organism has evolved to do or a physical trait that helps them to thrive in their environment and survive.
An organisms that has a soft body that is not divided in segments and typically also has an external shell.
An aquatic mollusk or crustacean that has a shell.
A type of animal with a hard exoskeleton, jointed legs, and no backbone.
The order in which organisms (living things) eat other organisms in the environment.
An organism capable of making their own food, such as plants who get energy from the sun and convert it into food.
An organism that cannot produce its own food and must consume food to obtain energy, such as a crab.
An organism that breaks down or decomposes organic matter, such as a marine worm.
Responsible use, actions, and protection of aquatic resources to conserve ecosystems.
Collecting fish and other marine species and relocating them to another area.
An organism that feeds by straining suspended food from the water like a filter, such as a sea urchin.
An aquatic organism that feeds at the bottom of a water body.