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1 AdaptationsAn adaptation (or adaptive feature) is an inherited feature of an organism that enables it to survive and reproduce in its habitat.Adaptations are the end result of the evolutionary changes that a species has gone through over time.Adaptations may be:behavioralphysiologicalstructural (morphological)Osprey: a diurnal bird of preySpotted owl: a nocturnal bird of prey
2 Exploiting a HabitatOrganisms have adaptations to exploit, to varying extents, the resources in their habitat.Where resource competition is intense, adaptations enable effective niche specialization and partitioning of resources.In the African savanna, grazing and browsing animals exploit different food resources within the same area or even within the same type of vegetation.
3 Plants and BrowsersThe large thorns and dense, tangled growth form of the acacias of the African savanna are adaptations to counter the effects of browsing animals such as antelope.Acacia forest
4 African Browsers 1Tiny dik diks can only browse the lowest acacia branches, less than 1 m above the ground. Their small pointed muzzles avoid the hooks and spines that defeat clumsier browsers.Impalas, with their larger muzzles and longer necks, can reach three times higher than dik diks.Dik dikcm at shoulder3-7 kgImpala80-90 cm at shoulder40-65 kg
5 African Browsers 2The disproportionately small head of the gerenuk allows it to browse between the thorny branches. Swiveling hip joints allow it to stand erect and reach taller branches.Giraffes browse the upper branches of the acacia. Its long (45 cm) muscular tongue is impervious to thorns and its long neck is so mobile that its head can tip vertically.Gerenukcm at shoulder28-52 kgGiraffe3.3 m at shoulder6 m to crowntonne
6 Purposes of Adaptations Organisms have adaptations for:Biorhythms and activity patterns, e.g. nocturnal behaviorLocomotion (or movement)Defense of resourcesPredator avoidanceReproductionFeedingThese categories are not mutually exclusive.
7 Types of AdaptationsStructural adaptations: physical features of an organism, e.g. presence of wings for flight.Behavioral adaptations: the way an organism acts, e.g. mantid behavior when seeking, capturing, and manipulating prey.Functional (physiological) adaptations: those involving physiological processes, e.g. the female mantid produces a frothy liquid to surround and protect the groups of eggs she lays.Praying mantis
8 Adaptations and Fitness Fitness is a measure of how well suited an organism is to survive in its habitat and its ability to maximize the numbers of offspring surviving to reproductive age.Adaptations are distinct from properties which, although they may be striking, cannot be described as adaptive unless they are shown to be functional in the organism’s natural habitat.The fur of this cat is a striking property...Mothering and play behaviorsare adaptive
9 Plant AdaptationsThe adaptations found in plants reflect both the plant’s environment and the type and extent of predation to which the plant is subjected.Many plant adaptations are concerned with maintaining water balance. Terrestrial plant species show a variety of structural and physiological adaptations for water conservation.Plants evolve defenses, such as camouflage, spines, thorns, or poisons, against efficient herbivores.
10 Water Balance in Plants Plants can be categorized according to their adaptations to particular environments:Hydrophytes: live partially or fully submerged in water.Halophytes: salt tolerant species found in coastal and salt marsh environments.Xerophytes: arid adapted species found in hot and cold deserts.Hydrophyte: water lilyHalophyte: spinifexXerophyte: cactus
11 for water conservation Conserving WaterAdaptationfor water conservationEffect of adaptationExampleThick, waxycuticle to stemsand leavesReduces water loss throughthe cuticlePinus spp.,ivy, sea holly, prickly pearReducednumber ofstomataReduces the number of pores for water lossPrickly pear, Nerium sp.Leaves curled,rolled or foldedwhen flaccidReduces surface area for transpirationRolled leaf: marram grass, Erica spp.PinusPrickly pear: OpuntiaMarram grass
12 Adaptations of Hydrophytes Hydrophytes are plants that have adapted to living either partially or fully submerged in water.Typical features of submerged hydrophytes, e.g. the water lily (Nymphaea alba), include:Large, thin, floating leavesElongated petioles (leaf stalks)Reduced root systemAerial flowersLittle or no waxy cuticlePoorly developed xylem tissueLittle or no lignin in vascular tissuesFew sclereids or fibers.
13 Cross section through the petiole Hydrophytic PlantsThe aquatic environment presents different problems to those faced by terrestrial plants. Water loss is not a problem and, supported by the water, they require little in the way of structural tissues.Submerged leaves are well spaced, finely divided, and taper towards the surfaceFloating leaves have a high density of stomata on the upper surfaceCross section through the petioleCortexAbundant, large air spacesVascular bundlesWater milfoilMyriophyllum spicatumWater lilyNymphaea alba
14 Adaptations of Halophytes Mangroves are halophytes, adapted to grow in saline, intertidal environments, where they form some of the most complex and productive ecosystems on Earth.Mangrove adaptations include:Ability to secrete salt or accumulate it in older leaves.Specialized tissue that allows water, but not salt, to enter the roots.Tissue tolerance for high salt levels.Extensive root systems give support in soft substrates; oxygen enters the roots through pneumatophores.Mangroves, USA
15 Dry Desert PlantsLeaves modified into spines or hairs to reduce water lossSurface area reduced by producing a squat, rounded shape.Plants adapted to dry conditions are called xerophytes and they show structural and physiological adaptations for water conservation.Desert plants, e.g. cacti, cope with low rainfall and potentially high transpiration rates.They develop strategies to reduce water loss, store water, and tap into available water supplies.Stem becomes the major photosynthetic organ, and a reservoir for water storage.Shallow, but extensive fibrous root systemWater table low
16 Tropical Forest Plants Tropical forest plants live in areas of often high rainfall. Therefore, they have to cope with high transpiration rates.Shallow fibrous root systemFunnel shaped leaves channel rainWater table highWater loss by transpiration
17 Ocean Margin PlantsOcean margin plants, e.g. intertidal seaweeds and mangroves, must cope with high salt content in the water.Some mangrove species take in brackish water and excrete the salt through glands in the leaves.Seaweeds growing in the intertidal zone tolerate exposure to the drying air every 12 h.Mangrove pneumatophores
18 Insectivorous PlantsSundew (Drosera)Insectivorous plants are plants that obtain extra nutrients by capturing and digesting small invertebrates. They are commonly found in marginal habitats such as acid bogs or nutrient-poor soils.They are often small because of the marginal habitats in which they live.They make their own sugars through photosynthesis, but obtain nitrogen and minerals from animal tissue.Leaf modifications act as traps. Usually the traps contain special glands that secrete digestive enzymes.Pitcher plant
19 Animal AdaptationsNo animal exists independently of its environment, and different environments present animals with different problems.Animals exhibit a great diversity of adaptations. These enable them to live within the constraints of their particular environment.AridExtreme coldForested
20 Rodents and Lagamorphs Lagamorphs (rabbits and hares) and rodents are two successful and highly adaptable mammalian orders.Although different in many respects, they share similar adaptations, including early maturity, high reproductive rates, chisel-like teeth, and dietary flexibility.They are found throughout the world (except in Antarctica) in habitats ranging from Arctic tundra to desert and semi- desert.Capybara: the world’s largest rodentJackrabbit: a lagamorph
21 Structural Adaptations in Rabbits Rabbits are colonial mammals that live underground in warrens and feed on a wide range of vegetation.Many of their more obvious structural adaptations are associated with detecting and avoiding predators.Structural adaptationsWidely spaced eyes gives a wide field of vision for surveillance of the habitat and detection of danger.Long, mobile ears enable acute detection of sounds from many angles for predator detection.Long, strong hind legs and large feet enable rapid movement and are well suited to digging.Cryptic coloration provides effective camouflage in grassland habitat.
22 Functional Adaptations in Rabbits Functional (physiological) adaptations are associated with physiology.The functional adaptations of rabbits are associated with detecting and avoiding predation, and maintaining populations despite high losses.Functional adaptationsHigh reproductive rate enables rapid population increases when food is available.Keen sense of smell allows detection of potential threats from predators and from rabbits from other warrens.Microbial digestion of vegetation in the hindgut enables more efficient digestion of cellulose.High metabolic rate and fast response times enables rapid response to dangers.Hawks are major predators of rabbits
23 Behavioral Adaptations in Rabbits The behavioral adaptations of rabbits reflect their functional position as herbivores and important prey items in many food webs.Behavioral adaptationsFreeze behavior when startled reduces the possibility of detection by wandering predators.Thumps the ground with hind legs to warn others in the warren of impending danger.Lives in groups with a well organized social structure that facilitates cooperative defense.Burrowing activity provides extensive underground habitat as refuge from predators.Freezing is a typical behavior when threatened
24 Monitor Lizards 1Goannas or monitor lizards are top predators, found in a wide range of habitats, from aquatic to arid semi-desert.They are strict carnivores and eat a range of animal species, including carrion.They are diurnal and active in all seasons. Body temperatures of up to 38°C are maintained through basking and other behaviors.
25 Monitor Lizards 2Adaptations of monitor lizards (Varanus spp.) include:Skin color is related to the environment. The skin of species in arid regions is highly reflective.The upper jaw can move independently of the rest of the skull to facilitate swallowing of prey whole.The gular (throat) pouch is inflated during threat displays. Rapid movements of the gular region when the mouth is open is used as a cooling mechanism.Strong neck and jaw muscles aid in holding, shaking, and subduing prey.
26 Winter migratory destination Snow Bunting 1The snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) is a small ground feeding bird that lives and breeds in the Arctic region.Snow buntings are widespread throughout the Arctic and sub-Arctic islands. They are active 24 hours a day, resting for only 2-3 hours within that period.Snow buntings migrate up to 6000 km but are always found at high latitudes. They have the unique ability to molt very rapidly after breeding, changing color quickly from a brown summer plumage to the white winter plumage.SiberiaAsiaEuropeSummer breeding areaWinter migratory destinationNorth AmericaNorth Pole
27 Snow Bunting 2Adaptations of the snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) include:The internal spaces of the dark colored feathers are filled with pigmented cells. More heat is lost from the dark summer plumage.During snow storms or periods of high wind, snow buntings will burrow into snowdrifts for shelter.White feathers are hollow and filled with air, which acts as an insulator. Less heat is lost from the white winter plumage.Snow buntings, on average, lay 1-2 eggs more eggs than equivalent species further south. In continuous daylight, and with an abundance of insects at high latitudes, they are able to rear more young.
28 Trophic Structure 1Every ecosystem has a trophic structure: a hierarchy of feeding relationships which determines the pathways for energy flow and nutrient cycling.Species are assigned to trophic levels on the basis of their nutrition.Producers (P) occupy the first trophic level and directly or indirectly support all other levels. Producers derive their energy from the sun in most cases.Hydrothermal vent communities are an exception; the producers are chemosynthetic bacteria that derive energy by oxidizing hydrogen sulfide.Deep sea hydrothermal vent
29 Trophic Structure 2Producer(P)All organisms other than producers are consumers (C).Consumers are ranked according to the trophic level they occupy. First order (or primary) consumers (herbivores), rely directly on producers for their energy.A special class of consumers, the detritivores, derive their energy from the detritus representing all trophic levels.Photosynthetic productivity (the amount of food generated per unit time through photosynthesis) sets the limit for the energy budget of an ecosystem.Consumer(C1)Consumer(C2)Consumer(C3)
30 Organization of Trophic Levels Trophic structure can be described by trophic level or consumer level:
31 Detritivores and Decomposers Major Trophic LevelsTrophic LevelSource of EnergyExamplesProducersSolar energyGreen plants, photosyntheticprotists and bacteriaHerbivoresGrasshoppers, water fleas,antelope, termitesPrimaryCarnivoresWolves, spiders,some snakes, warblersSecondaryPrimary carnivoresKiller whales, tuna, falconsOmnivoresSeveral trophic levelsHumans, rats, opossums,bears, racoons, crabsDetritivores and DecomposersWastes and dead bodiesof other organismsFungi, many bacteria,earthworms, vultures
32 Food ChainsThe sequence of organisms, each of which is a source of food for the next, is called a food chain.Food chains commonly have four links but seldom more than six.In food chains the arrows go from food to feeder.Organisms whose food is obtained through the same number of links belong to the same trophic level.Examples of food chains include:2° carnivore1° carnivoreHerbivoreProducer(P)seaweedaquatic macrophytecat’s eyefreshwater crayfishwhelkbrown troutseagullkingfisher
33 Examples of Food Chains seaweedabalonestarfishseagullkingfisheraquatic macrophytefreshwater crayfishbrown trout
34 Food Chain Energy FlowEnergy is lost as heat from each trophic level via respiration.Dead organisms at each level are decomposed.Some secondary consumers feed directly off decomposer organisms.Heat
35 Food WebsSome consumers (particularly ‘top’ carnivores and omnivores) may feed at several different trophic levels, and many herbivores eat many plant species.For example, moose feed on grasses, birch, aspen, firs, and aquatic plants.The different food chains in an ecosystem therefore tend to form complex webs of feeding interactions called a food web.
36 A Simple Lake Food WebThis lake food web includes only a limited number of organisms, and only two producers. Even with these restrictions, the web is complex.
37 Carbon dioxide and water Energy in EcosystemsLight energyPhotosynthesisEnergy, unlike, matter, cannot be recycled.Ecosystems must receive a constant input of new energy from an outside source which, in most cases, is the sun.Organic molecules andoxygenCarbon dioxide and waterCellular respiration
38 Energy in EcosystemsCellular respirationEnergy is ultimately lost as heat to the atmosphere.Static biomass locks up some chemical energyGrowth and repair of tissuesMuscle contraction and flagella movementProduction of macromolecules, e.g. proteinsActive transport processes, e.g. ion pumpsHeat EnergyCellular work and accumulated biomass ultimately dissipates as heat energy
39 Energy Inputs and Outputs Living things are classified according to the way in which they obtain their energy:Producers (or autotrophs)Consumers (or heterotrophs)
40 Energy Transformations Green plants, algae, and some bacteria use the sun’s energy to produce glucose in a process called photosynthesis. The chemical energy stored in glucose fuels metabolism.The photosynthesis that occurs in the oceans is vital to life on Earth, providing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide.Cellular respiration is the process by which organisms break down energy rich molecules (e.g. glucose) to release the energy in a useable form (ATP).Cellular respiration in mitochondriaPhotosynthesis in chloroplasts
41 ProducersProducers are able to manufacture their food from simple inorganic substances (e.g. CO2). Producers include green plants, algae and other photosynthetic protists, and some bacteria.RespirationHeat given off in the process of daily living.Growth and new offspringNew offspring as well as new branches and leaves.Eaten by consumersSome tissue eaten by herbivores and omnivores.Solar radiationSUNWastesMetabolic waste products are released.ProducersReflected lightUnused solar radiation is reflected off the surface of the organism.Dead tissueDeathSome tissue is not eaten by consumers and becomes food for decomposers.
42 ConsumersConsumers are organisms that feed on autotrophs or on other heterotrophs to obtain their energy.Includes: animals, heterotrophic protists, and some bacteria.RespirationHeat given off in the process of daily living.Growth and reproductionNew offspring as well as growth and weight gain.Eaten by consumersSome tissue eaten by carnivores and omnivores.WastesMetabolic waste products are released(e.g. urine, feces, CO2)ConsumersFoodConsumers obtain their energy from a variety of sources: plant tissues (herbivores), animal tissues (carnivores), plant and animal tissues (omnivores), dead organic matter or detritus (detritivores and decomposers).DeathSome tissue not eaten by consumers becomes food for detritivores and decomposers.Dead tissue
43 Decomposers Decomposers Decomposers are consumers that obtain their nutrients from the breakdown of dead organic matter. They include fungi and soil bacteria.RespirationHeat given off in the process of daily living.Growth and reproductionNew tissue created, mostly in the form of new offspring.Producer tissueNutrients released from dead tissues are absorbed by producers.DeathDecomposers die; their tissue is broken down by other decomposers and detritivoresWastesMetabolic waste products are released.DecomposersDead tissueDead tissue of consumersDead tissue of producersDead tissue of decomposers
44 Primary ProductionThe energy entering ecosystems is fixed by producers in photosynthesis.Gross primary production (GPP) is the total energy fixed by a plant through photosynthesis.Net primary production (NPP) is the GPP minus the energy required by the plant for respiration. It represents the amount of stored chemical energy that will be available to consumers in an ecosystem.Productivity is defined as the rate of production. Net primary productivity is the biomass produced per unit area per unit time, e.g. g m- 2y-1Grassland: high productivityGrass biomass available to consumers
45 Measuring Plant Productivity The primary productivity of an ecosystem depends on a number of interrelated factors, such as light intensity, temperature, nutrient availability, water, and mineral supply.The most productive ecosystems are systems with high temperatures, plenty of water, and non-limiting supplies of soil nitrogen.
46 Ecosystem Productivity The primary productivity of oceans is lower than that of terrestrial ecosystems because the water reflects (or absorbs) much of the light energy before it reaches and is utilized by the plant.Although the open ocean’s productivity is low, the ocean contributes a lot to the Earth’s total production because of its large size. Tropical rainforest also contributes a lot because of its high productivity.kcal m-2y-1kJ m-2y-1
47 Herbivores (1° consumers)... Secondary ProductionSecondary production is the amount of biomass at higher trophic levels (the consumer production).It represents the amount of chemical energy in consumers’ food that is converted to their own new biomass.Energy transfers between producers and herbivores, and between herbivores and higher level consumers is inefficient.Herbivores (1° consumers)...Eaten by 2° consumers