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1

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

2

Examples of keystone species

Sea Otter
Wolves
Sharks

3

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

4

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.

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Examples of flagship (charismatic) species

Giant panda
Tiger
Asian elephant
Orangutan

6

What is intristic value for preserving biodiversity?

Ethics
Aesthetics
Economic
Ecological