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primary consumer

noun, Ecology
(in the food chain) an animal that feeds on plants; a herbivore. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for primary consumers
  • Sea urchins are powerful primary consumers in kelp forests.
  • The heterotrophic primary consumers in prairie wetlands consist of herbivores and detritivores.
  • The next level of a food web consists of primary consumers.
  • Organisms that eat plants are called herbivores or primary consumers.
  • primary consumers get their energy directly from the primary producers by eating or living symbiotically with them.
  • Make a list of which animals are primary consumers and which are secondary consumers.
  • These species represent primary consumers in the food web.
  • Animals such as rabbits that feed on plants are called primary consumers.
primary consumers in Science
primary consumer  
See under consumer.
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