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Desert Food Web
Transcript of Desert Food Web
Today, we'll be showing you and telling you about the Desert's Food Web. Let's get started!!
The cactus is a member of the Cactaceae plant family. Cacti are usually found in habitats with extremely dry environments. The cactus's method of nutrition is Autotroph.
Producers are organisms that don't eat and/or depend other animals/organisms to survive. So therefore, Producers are usually plants. Producers are also usually autotrophs. Autotrophs are organisms that are self-feeding.
Secondary Consumers are either carnivores (an animal that only eats meat), or omnivores (an animal that eats both plants and meat). They usually feed off primary consumers, and since they depend on something else for energy; they too are heterotrophs.
Tertiary Consumers are the animals that are on the top of the food chain. Tertiary Consumers are also either carnivores or omnivores, and have the capability of eating secondary and primary consumers. Since they require on other organisms for energy, they are heterotrophs.
The acacias tree . Some uses of Acacias are for food, perfume, medicine and wood.
The rabbitbrush is a member of the Asteraceae. It is an aromatic shrub that are usually located in plains and deserts. The bush offers a retreat for Jackrabbits. It is a source of yellow dye used by the Navajo. The rabbitbrush is an autotroph.
The acacias tree is a member of the Fabaceae family. It has many uses such as wood, food, medicine and perfumes. The acacias method of nutrition is Autotroph
The octillo also is a member of the Fouquieriaceae Family. It is used for making fences in native regions, food, medical uses and canes or walking sticks. The octillo's method of nutrition is Autotroph.
The sagebrush is also a member of the Asteraceae family. It is an aromatic shrub. The sagebrush is commonly used for medicine. The sagebrush's method of nutrition is Autotroph.
A decomposer is an organism that breaks down dead plants and animals into simpler substances. Since a decomposer gets it's nutrients from dead organisms, it's a saprophyte. Also, decomposers are usually detritivores since they feed on/break down returning nutrients back to the ecosystem.
A scavenger is an animal that feeds on dead or decaying matters. Scavengers usually don't kill, but find on the animals after they are killed/injured by another predator.
Kangaroo Rats are in the Dipodyms family. Kangaroo Rats are small rodents native to Western North America. Kangaroo Rats, hop around like the Kangaroo (That being where it gains it's name) even though they are not related in ay manner. They are heterotroph and are herbivores.
Insects (in general) are a class of diverse animals and represent more than half of all known living organisms. Insects are usually found in all types of environments.
The camel is a member of the Camelus family. The camel is used for military, meat and for transportation. They are herbivores, their form of nutrition is heterotroph
The Tarantula is a group of hairy, scary, and very large arachnids. Tarantulas, surprisingly, are harmless to humans, except for a painful bite of course. Tarantulas are carnivores and are heterotrophs.
Scorpions are closely related to spiders, are are certainly very dangerous. Some scorpions have enough poison to kill a person. Scorpions typically eat insects, therefore making it a carnivore. They are also heterotrophs.
Primary Consumers are usually herbivores (an animal that only eats plants) feeding on producers. They are heterotrophs since they eat other organisms for energy.
The Kit Fox is a fox species in North America. The Kit Fox is a nocturnal animal. It's diet is mainly carnivorous, but if food is scares it will eat fruits. The Kit Fox is an omnivore and is a heterotroph.
The fennec fox is a member of the Canidae family. The fennec fox eats plants, rodents, insects, birds, eggs, and rabbits. The fennec fox are commonly used as pets. They are omnivores. Their form of nutrition is heterotrophs.
The Hawk is a common name for birds of prey and is a wide range of birds in every shapes and sizes. The hawk is a heterotroph and is either an omnivore or a carnivore depending on the specific specie.
The Desert Beetle is a specie of beetle that lives in one of the world's most dry area, the Namib Desert. The beetle only survives by collecting water deew in the morning. The Desert Beetle is a decomposer and is a saprophyte.
The Earthworm is a tube-shaped animal commonly found anywhere in the world. The Earthworm's diet composes of decomposing and is a saprophyte and herbivore.
Millipedes are insects that have two legs on each body part and that feed on decayed or dead organisms. Millipedes are saprophytes and are herbivores and detritivores.
Hyenas are quite famous scavengers that feed off other predator's prey. But, Hyenas also kill (e.g. Wildebeast, Antelop, Lizards etc.) Hyenas are both saprophytes and heterotrpohs and are omnivores.
The Black-Tailed Jackrabbit, also known as the Amercan Hare is a common hare found in western US and Mexico. They are the 3rd largest animal in North America and they are herbivores and heterotrophs.
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