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Academic Questions in Biology
The final organisms in a food chain are best referred to as _____.
E. tertiary consumers
F. quatenary consumers
Which of the following is a category of long bones?
The end product of photosynthesis is _____.
The above diagram illustrates a _____.
The living cells that makes up cartilages are called _____.
Which of the following statement is incorrect with regards to chitin?
Which of the following is NOT a function of the human skeleton?
Organisms that manufacture their own food through the help of sunlight or chemicals are best referred to as _____.
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Food chain can be interlinked in a habitat, giving rise to food web. An understanding on the concept of food chain is vital towards comprehending a food web. This is true because a food web is simply a complicated food chain.
Recall that a food chain is a diagram that shows the feeding relationship between organisms (plants and animals) in a given habitat.
In order to properly explain what a food web really is, a diagram that shows its illustration is required. Below is a diagram that shows a food web.
Using the above diagram as a point of reference, notice that the feeding pattern is interlinked. In fact, it is this interlinking of food chain that gives rise to a food web.
Consider the explanations below (The diagram serves as our reference):
The aformentioned observations are illustrated below:
Berries >> Grasshopper >> Frog >> Snake >> Titmouse >> Fox
This illustration (above) is just one of the various food chains shown in the diagram. In this case, it is commenced by the berries, (called producers in a food chain). You will also observe from the diagram that another food chain in the same habitat is commenced by the plantain (also a producer).
Note: The producers always commence a food chain while the decomposers ends it.
Notice that the food chain commenced by the berries were directly consumed by the grasshopper, greenfly, butterfly and titmouse; (generally referred to as primary consumers) as illustrated in explanation 2.
Recall that the food chain in explanation 1 began with the berries which were consumed by the grasshopper (called primary consumers).
Notice that apart from the grasshopper feeding on berries, the greenfly, titmouse and butterfly also fed on the berries, thus initiating their respective food chain at the level of a primary consumer.
Once again, it's important to state that the interlinking of food chains will give rise to a food web. In this instance, the interlinking of the separate food chains initiated by the berries and plantains (at the level of the producers) gave rise to the food web as illustrated in the diagram. In addition, a separate food chain was also started (at the level of the primary consumer) by the butterfly, greenfly, grasshopper and titmouse respectively since they all fed on the berries.
The instance below shows the food chain initiated by the greenfly at the level of a primary consumer:
Berries >> Greenfly >> Ladybird >> Dragonfly >> Frog >> Snake >> Buzzard.
The above instance is another food chain although it has some links with the first food chain (in explanation 1).
Note: It is this linking of food chains that gives rise to a food web.
A food web shows multiple food chains or multiple feeding relationships or multiple feeding connections all linked together.
Note: Food web always consist of more than one food chain (at least, a minimum of 2 food chains linked together).
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