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1 5.1 Communities and Ecosystems Outcomes 5.1.6, 5.1.7, 5.1.8

2 5.1.6 – Define Trophic level  An organism’s trophic level refers to its position in a food chain.  Trophic levels classify organisms by their feeding relationships with other organisms in the same ecosystem.  There must be a large number producers and decreasing numbers of each subsequent level. Trophic Levels T5 Quaternary consumer T4 Tertiary consumer T3 Secondary consumer T2 Primary consumer T1Producer

3 5.1.7 – Deduce the trophic level of organisms in a food chain, and a food web  A food chain begins with a producer.  For Example: algae – Mosquito Larva – Dragonfly Larva – Fish – Raccoon  So to determine the trophic level of each organism we begin with the producer, which is the only organism in the chain which photosynthesizes.  Second Trophic Level, which is occupied by the primary consumer, is determined by finding out which organism eats the producers: from the example mosquito larva.  Next levels are occupied by the secondary then tertiary consumers and so on.

4 5.1.7 – Deduce the trophic level of organisms in a food chain, and a food web (cont.)  Highest trophic level in a food chain is occupied by a top predator ( For example, it would be the raccoon). Other top predators are birds of prey, bears, sharks, or humans.  Some food chains have 6 trophic levels, most however have 4.  Number of levels can be limited by how much energy enters the ecosystem. So since so much is lost at each level, low energy at the start will quickly disperse whereas abundant energy for producers can last for several trophic levels

5 5.1.7 – Deduce the trophic level of organisms in a food chain, and a food web (cont.)  Food webs are more complex than food chains; therefore, determining trophic levels is more challenging.  Best method is to isolate a single food chain inside the web and analyse it in the same way as above  For Example:  A river food web which includes the food chain: Algae – Mayfly Larva – Juvenile Trout – Kingfisher  From this example we should be able to determine why the juvenile trout, for example, is a secondary consumer ( on the third trophic level)

6 5.1.8 – Construct a food web containing up to 10 organisms, using appropriate information  Always begin with the producer at the bottom of the diagram.  After this, include all of the primary consumers.  Continue until you reach the top predator.

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8 For example, one could construct a food web from these statements.  Algae is eaten by the mayfly larva  Leaf debris is eaten by the caddis fly larva and blackfly larva.  The mayfly larva and the blackfly larva are eaten by juvenile trout.  The juvenile trout is eaten by the kingfisher  The mayfly larva is also eaten by the sculpin and the stonefly larva, all of which are eaten by adult trout – Construct a food web containing up to 10 organisms, using appropriate information (cont.)

9 Sculpin Leaf Debris Adult Trout Caddis Fly Larva Mayfly LarvaBlackfly Larva Algae Stonefly Larva Juvenile Trout King Fisher – Construct a food web containing up to 10 organisms, using appropriate information (cont.)


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