pyramid of numbers


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pyramid of numbers

[′pir·ə‚mid əv ′nəm·bərz]
(ecology)
The concept that an organism making up the base of a food chain is numerically abundant while each succeeding member of the chain is represented by successively fewer individuals; uses feeding relationship as a basis for the quantitative analysis of an ecological system.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.