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Biome Project - Tropical Dry Forest

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Tyler Baker

on 9 October 2012

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Tropical Dry Forest The average temperature in Tropical Dry Forest is 24.3ºc . The average amount of rainfall is 90 in per year. This kind of forest gets the most amount of rainfall in the months of October & November. The Tropical Dry Forest has a well defined wet season and dry season. Dry season occurs in May. Climate This is the Tropical Dry Forest in its dry season. Tropical Dry Forest Locations Many Tropical Dry Forests are sometimes in mountainous areas. They can also be near, or surrounded by water. And has soil all around it and has dead twigs everywhere. Sunlight is a plays a major role. The plants always get a lot of sunlight so they're usually very big plants and trees. Abiotic Factors Biotic factors in this kind of biome include adaptations, such as plants losing their leaves during the dry season. This means that some plants in this biome are deciduous. Many plants also have an extra thick waxy layer on their leaves to reduce water loss. There are also many animals that live here. Biotic Factors examples: Monkeys, tigers, Giraffes, White Rhinos, etc. Plants Animals The tropical dry forest has many cacti, aciacas, & agave. These are some of the more dominant plant species. Aciacias are bushes, which are very common. Cacti are also very common, and store much water. And an agave is similar to cacti, as it is succulent and absorbs much water. Carnivores Dominant species Herbivores Unfortunately I can't find any information on any kind of herbivore in a the tropical dry forest. Some dominant carnivores are Tigers, Leopards, Jaguars. They're also all endagered species. The tropical dry forest is home to many diverse amounts of animals, including carnivores. But large cats aren't the only dominant carnivore, you also have maned wolves that live there. A tiger's favorite meal would have to be wild boars or deer. A dominant omnivore would have to be the howler monkey. A howler monkey eats many fruit and vegetables, and is vital to the food chain in this biome. Dominant Omnivore Food Chain The importance of
any plant in this
biome would cause
this food chain to
fall apart.
Nothing would be
able to survive.
This is the glue
that holds this food web together. If the western
whiptail died out, it wouldcause the pacific tree frog population to get larger, long with some other smaller animals. Then that would make other large animals a bigger competition to other animals with less food. An example of a symbiotic relationship in the tropical dry forest would be an Acacia tree and ants. The tree has a whole network, inside the tree where the ants may live. In return the ants get protection from the tree. Symbiotic Relationship A competitive relationship would be two seeds competing for sunlight. The tree that grows the fastest wins. Because they're getting more sunlight, so they'll survive. Unlike the other plant. This could be any kind of plant that is in the forest. And although is extremely unlikely for the sunlight to run out, but if it did all the plants would die. If one specie got twice the amount as the competing specie, I believe that neither would benefit because each plant would benefit, because since there are more plants overall. Each plant would get less sunlight. Competitive Relationships Humans have more bad to the forest rather than good. Humans have done deforestation & killing many endangered animals making many go almost completely extinct. This messes up the environment terribly and really does no good, other than personal gain. Because all people are doing this for is the money. So those two things hugely impact the environment and mess up food chains. Human impact "Tropical Dry Forest of the Sierra De La Laguna." N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Oct. 2012. <http://www.loscabosrestaurantguide.com/tropical%20dry%20forest.htm>. Bibliography "Tropical Dry Forest ::The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources::." Tropical Dry Forest ::The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources::. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Oct. 2012. <http://www.environment.tc/Tropical-Dry-Forest.html>.
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