Presentation on theme: "Trophic Levels, Energy transfer and Pyramids. Vocabulary Trophic Levels – is the position an organism occupies in a food chain. It refers to food or."— Presentation transcript:
Food Chains The energy flow from one trophic level to the other is know as a food chain Producers are at the first TROPHIC LEVEL Primary Consumers are the SECOND TROPHIC LEVEL Secondary consumers are at the THIRD TROPHIC LEVEL
Transfer of Energy When a lion eats a zebra, it does not get all of the energy from the zebra. Energy lost is usually in form of heat Energy lost from chain “link” to “link” is significant!
from grass to sheep, loss is about 90%! 10% Original Energy! 1% Original Energy! 100% Energy Available HEAT 90% HEAT 90%
Energy lost from one trophic level (energy level) to the next level can be represented by a pyramid PRODUCERS 1 CONSUMERS 2 CONSUMERS 3 CONSUMERS 4 ⁰ CONSUMERS
Each level above only gets 10% of the energy from below Ex: 10,000 J of producers (plants) only give 10% of energy to primary consumers 1,000 J to primary consumers (snails, minnows, dragonflies) 100 J to secondary consumers (small fish) 10 J to tertiary consumers (big fish) 1 J to quaternary consumers (fish hawk)
Three hundred trout are needed to support one man for a year. The trout, in turn, must consume 90,000 frogs, that must consume 27 million grasshoppers that live off of 1,000 tons of grass. -- G. Tyler Miller, Jr., American Chemist (1971)
Usually no more than 5 trophic levels since 6th level would have very little energy to keep it alive
Ecological Pyramid Which level has the most energy? Which level has the most organisms? Which level has the least organisms? Which level has the least energy?
Pyramid of Numbers Shows the numbers of individual organisms at each trophic level in an ecosystem. tertiary consumers secondary consumers primary consumers producers 5 5000 500,000 5,000,000 producers A vast number of producers are required to support even a few top level consumers.
Biomass pyramid Biomass is a measure of the total dry mass of organisms in a given area. tertiary consumers secondary consumers primary consumers producers 75 g/m2 150g/m2 675g/m2 2000g/m2 producers 2000g/m2