ecological niche


noun

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Cultural definitions for ecological niche

ecological niche

The place or function of a given organism within its ecosystem.

notes for ecological niche

Different organisms may compete for the same niche. For example, in a forest there may be a niche for an organism that can fly and eat nectar from blossoms. This niche may be filled by some sort of bird, or an insect, or even a mammal such as a bat.
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