- a portion of a habitat characterized by uniformity in climate and distribution of biotic and abiotic components, as a tidal pool or a forest canopy.
Origin of biotope
1925–30; < German Biotop, equivalent to bio- bio- + Greek tópos place
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- ecology a small area, such as the bark of a tree, that supports its own distinctive community
C20: from bio- + Greek topos place
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- A geographical area uniform in environmental conditions and in its distribution of biota.
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- A usually small or well-defined area that is uniform in environmental conditions and in its distribution of animal and plant life.
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