Keystone Species

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Keystone Species

  1. 5. Keystone species: <ul><li>a species that plays a critical role in maintaining the structure of an ecological community and whose impact on the community is greater than would be expected </li></ul>
  2. 6. Keystone species: <ul><li>a species that plays a critical role in maintaining the structure of an ecological community and whose impact on the community is greater than would be expected </li></ul><ul><ul><li>example – the extinction of wolves in Yellowstone led to the disappearance of beavers in Yellowstone </li></ul></ul>
  3. 7. <ul><li>Keystone species add another layer of complexity to food webs and our attempts to understand the interrelationships between the organisms in an ecosystem. </li></ul>
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