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secondary consumer

noun, Ecology
(in the food chain) a carnivore that feeds only upon herbivores. Unabridged
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  • He offered no estimates of secondary consumer impacts.
  • Then a secondary consumer, such as a coyote eats the mallard and gets energy.
  • Now the small containers will be eaten by the medium or secondary consumer.
  • We will then determine trophic transfer from producer to primary consumer and from primary consumer to secondary consumer.
secondary consumer in Science
secondary consumer  
See under consumer.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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