How do predator prey mutualism and parasitism maintain balance within an ecosystem?
The simple answer is - they don't. The "balance" to which you refer is just a matter of where things settle out. While the various species are "balancing", some may die out in the environment, some may thrive, some may overpopulate to a detrimental level. The point at which the population levels of the various species stops changing is basically the balance point. It all depends on the resources available and the fitness of each species for obtaining the resources it needs to survive and reproduce. If conditions change, during a drought for example, then the species are going to go through that balancing process again. Some might die out. Heck, they might ALL die out. Different species might thrive. In other words, there is no guarantee that nature will support a given balance of species within a certain environment. Predator/prey, mutualism, and parasitism (and commensalism, etc.) are strategies species use to try to make themselves more fit and able to survive and reproduce.
Depending on conditions, some of these strategies are more beneficial than others.
The jaguar does not participate in any symbiotic relationships (parasitism, mutualism, commensalism). However, the jaguar is a keystone predator, which essentially means that it helps limit the populations of various animals. Since the jaguar preys on over 80 species of animals, it is a vital keystone predator with a fundamental job in restricting the population growth of the mammals on which it preys in its ecosystem.
The three forms of symbiosis are mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism. Mutualism describes the interaction of two organisms in a way that is beneficial to both of them. Commensalism describes the interaction of two organisms in a way that benefits one and neither harms nor helps the other. Parasitism describes the interaction of two organisms in a way that benefits one and harms the other. So, the difference from predation is clear in regards to mutualism…
Explain why an ecosystem with a variety of predator species might be more stable over a long period of time than an ecosystem with only one predator species?
There are five different kinds of symbiotic relationships: Mutualism, where both species benefit Commensalism, where one species benefits, the other is unaffected Parasitism, where one species benefits, the other is harmed Competition, where neither species benefits Neutralism, where both species are unaffected Predation, one of the animal is the predator and the other one is the prey. what are the 4 symbiotic relationship and their meaning The 3 main kinds of symbiotic relationships are: Mutualism…
A symbiotic relationship involves 2 species living together. Mutualism is when both benefit. Commensalism is when one benefits without harming the other. Parasitism is when one species benefits while harming--but not killing--the other. An example of parasitism would be a tick on a dog. If the dog died, it would stop pumping blood for the tick to consume. In predator-prey relationships, most often one party must die for the other to benefit.