Opportunistic - (of a plant or animal) Able to spread quickly in a previously unexploited habitat.
1. Type of AdaptationStructural – relating to an organism’s shape, size or structure What are the Adaptation3cm thick layer of fat. Waterproof feathers. Shape of body. Shape of wings. Webbedfeet. How does the Adaptation help it to survive- The 3cm thick layer of blubber (fat)- Waterproof feathers keep them warm in winter.- Webbed feet for powerful swimming.- Their bodies are streamlined to reduce drag in water.- Their wings are shaped like flippers so let them swim at speed of 15 mph.- Keep high body temperature to stay active.- Dark coloured feathers absorb heat from the sun, which helps to keep them warm.
2. Type of AdaptationBehavioural – relating to how an organism acts What are the AdaptationRiver Red Gum tree’s are able to survive in very tough environments. They are one ofthe only tree’s that can survive in floods for a long time. How does the Adaptation help it to survive- The River Red Gum Tree is an opportunistic water user, and transpires waterwhenever it is available.- Internal oxygen transport and the ability to take oxygen in through the trunk. Veryhandy when the roots are flooded and still need oxygen to respire.- Development of floating root masses to extract oxygen from the air during floods.- Specialised root tissue to extract water from sandy lenses in the (clay) soil during drytimes