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There are 3 or 4 at the most with only one with five. The reason is the fact that not all of the energy (100%) that the chain began with is passed on. Only 10% of the energy of the first level is passed to the second level. Of that 10% only 10% of that is passed on.
That is 0.1 x 0.1= 0.01. That is now 1%. Of this 1% only 10% is passed on. 0.01 x 0.10 = 000.1 That is 0.1%. We are at only at the second level. To go further there is only 10% of 0.01% is left to be passed on. That means that there is very little left for a large number of consumers in the third level.

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Because of the amount of energy lost between trophic levels.

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