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11.14: Roles in an Ecosystem

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carnivore

Animals that only eat other animals for food.

chemosynthesis

Process in which a producer makes food energy from chemicals.

consumer

Organism that uses other organisms for food energy.

decomposer

Organism that breaks down the tissues of a dead organism into its various components, including nutrients, which can be used by other organisms.

grazer

Organisms that feeds on other organisms without killing them.

herbivore

Animal that only eats producers.

omnivore

Organism that consumes both producers and other consumers for food.

photosynthesis

Process in which a producer makes food energy from sunlight.

predator

Animal that lives by killing and eating other animals.

prey

Animal that could be killed and eaten by a predator.

producer

Organism that converts energy into food energy.

scavenger

Animals that eat animals that are already dead.

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