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secondary consumer

noun, Ecology
(in the food chain) a carnivore that feeds only upon herbivores. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples from the web for secondary consumers
  • Invertebrates occupy important places in the food web as primary and secondary consumers and also decomposers.
  • In the kelp forest, sea otters are secondary consumers that hunt sea urchins as prey.
  • The diets of secondary consumers are often more varied than primary consumers.
  • Other animals called secondary consumers prey on primary consumers.
  • Carnivores are considered secondary consumers because they eat other animals, eg, a hawk.
  • Primary or secondary consumers of long-term care supports and services.
  • The variety of carnivores that inhabit the wetlands are the secondary consumers.
  • Sunfish are secondary consumers-they eat insects, crustaceans, and small fish.
  • Represents primary or secondary consumers of long-term care supports and services.
  • Make a list of which animals are primary consumers and which are secondary consumers.
secondary consumers in Science
secondary consumer  
See under consumer.
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