biotic community


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biotic community

[bī′äd·ik kə′myün·əd·ē]
(ecology)
An aggregation of organisms characterized by a distinctive combination of both animal and plant species in a particular habitat. Also known as biocenose.
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The third biome, Sotol-Grass, consists of a single biotic community by the same name.
The Woodland biome also consists of a single biotic community.
The system is acutely dynamic, and future structural modifications of the inlet may lead to additional and unexpected habitat and biotic community impacts in the region.
This biotic community is interspersed with saline fiats, marshes, shallow bays, and unique dunes of wind-blown clay known as lomas.
The Mid-Delta Thorn Forest, a biotic community that once covered much of the delta, is a hunting ground for this nocturnal species.
Says Joseph Mendelson III, legal director of the US-based International Center for Technology Assessment: "We are now in the midst of a massive attempt by patent seekers to divide up the entire biotic community for private interest.
For a theoretical approach to environmental ethics, we might first turn to Leopold's The Land Ethic, where he writes, "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community.
In the abstract, it is fine to suppose that once a land ethic permeated the country, it would be "eminently practicable, since, by reference to a single good, competing individual claims may be adjudicated and relative values and priorities assigned to the myriad components of the biotic community.