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Create a food web diagram in which you illustrate the energy flow among the organisms of a food chain within a particular ecosystem.

First, select one ecosystem from the following: Everglades, temperate forest, desert biome. Then, determine the interdependency of life in your selected ecosystem by examining the organisms found within your selected ecosystem. In your diagram, include the following items:
a.List the different kinds of organisms that can be found in your selected ecosystem.
b.Identify the structure and function of the main organs in at least two of the organisms found in your selected ecosystem, and indicate why they are best suited for that environment.
c.Label the three major types of organisms that live in your selected ecosystem as follows: "P" for producers, "C" for consumers, and "D for decomposers.
d.Name the three types of consumers: herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores within your selected ecosystem.
e.List the food chain(s) associated with your selected ecosystem. For each organism in the food chain, address the following items:
1)Name of plant or animal
2)What it eats
3)What eats it
4)How it adapts to the ecosystem
f.Identify potential hazards that might impact the stability of your selected ecosystem (e.g. environmental pollution).

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Desert biome.

a. Organisms in a desert biome. (an extensive list can be found at http://www.desertusa.com/animal.html#mammals). The types of organisms found in a desert biome include mammals, birds, snakes, insects, spiders, bacteria and fungi.

b. The white nose coati is found Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts of southwestern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico and the Big Bend to Brownsville areas of Texas. Their lengthened snout allows them an excellent sense of smell to track out their prey (insects) and to root through the dirt. Their clawed paws and tails are adapted for climbing trees to obtain fruit.

http://www.desertusa.com/may97/du_coati2.html
http://www.whozoo.org/AnlifeSS2001/bettsass/BS_Coati.htm
http://www.theanimalspot.net/Animals/coati.htmlhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coatimundi
http://www.theanimalspot.net/Animals/coati.html

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Solution Summary

Details solution to a series of questions involving a biome of choice. Web references provided.

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