Flashcards in Species Based Conservation Deck (6)
What is a keystone species?
A species that plays an essential role in the structure, functioning or productivity of a habitat or ecosystem at a defined level
Examples of keystone species
Why is the sea otter a keystone species?
Sea otters feed on sea urchins
Sea urchins derive their food from kelp
Kelp is the main food source in ocean ecosystem
Sea otters regulate all organisms in the ecosystem
What is a flagship species?
A flagship species is a species selected to act as an ambassador, icon or symbol for a defined habitat, issue, campaign or environmental cause.
Examples of flagship (charismatic) species