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ecological niche

niche (def 3). Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ecological niche
  • Coyotes became top dog, filling the wolf's ecological niche.
  • The only ecological niche humans as a whole have monopolised is being mentally dissatisfied with the status quo.
  • They take advantage of every ecological niche, growing crops in valleys and grazing llamas and alpacas on to bleak mountaintops.
  • Hare thinks bonobos became domesticated by occupying an ecological niche that favored selection for less aggressive tendencies.
  • We will still have to struggle to find out ecological niche and work together to maintain our civilization.
  • The species isolated on its shores evolved over time to fill nearly every ecological niche available.
  • Gradually it goes its own way, seizing a new ecological niche.
  • The concept of ecological niche is useful in explaining how seemingly similar species can coexist in the same biotic community.
  • The hemlock fills a place in the forest-an ecological niche-that no other tree species can.
  • Cute little ecological niche if it is at the top of it's local food chain.
Contemporary definitions for ecological niche

the role that an animal or plant species plays in the environment, the status of an organism within its environment which affects its survival's 21st Century Lexicon
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ecological niche in Culture

ecological niche definition

The place or function of a given organism within its ecosystem.

Note: Different organisms may compete for the same niche. For example, in a forest there may be a niche for an organism that can fly and eat nectar from blossoms. This niche may be filled by some sort of bird, or an insect, or even a mammal such as a bat.
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