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Food Chains and Food Webs

A food chain is a indicator of the producers and consumers of different habitats. Ask questions about the food chains of different ecosystems here.

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What is the difference between a food chain and a food web?

A food chain is a series of events in which one organism eats another and obtains energy. An example could be a forest food-chain. The bear is the top of the food chain. The bear eats a coyote. The coyote ate the rabbit. The rabbit ate the grass. Since the grass can't technically eat anything, it's the bottom of the food chain and the food chain ends.

Bear

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Coyote

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Rabbit

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Grass

COMMENTS : Above given description of food chain is wrong as food chain begins at first trophic level grass and ends at top carnivore .

A food web consists of many overlapping food chains in an ecosystem. It's basically more than one food chain coming together. An example could be a forest food chain again because a food web starts out with a food chain. The bear is the top again. The bear eats the coyote. The coyote ate the rabbit BUT it ALSO ate the bird. Then, because the coyote ate more than one animal, the foodchain splits creating a food web. The rabbit ate the grass and the bird ate the fruit and then it ends.

Comments : All food webs also start with producers and end at top carnivores .

Bear

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Coyote

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Rabbit Deer

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Grass Fruit

So the differences would be that a food chain is a single chain but a food web is more than one food chains put together.

A food web consists of one part of a food web. For example a food web would be: Carrot- Rabbit- Fox- Worm/ Decomposer. A food web is multiple food webs together. The multiple food chains 'web' together forming a food web.

A: Food chain is the feeding relationships among organisms and Food web is the the interlocking food chains within an ecological community

A: A food chain shows the feeding relationships among organisms. A food web is a series of interconnected food chains.

A: The food chain is the most threatening predator to the most weakest prey e.g humans are top of the food chain, because we can get food and nothing can stop us, but worms are nearly at the bottom because they can easily get killed and there is not much that they can do about it.

A: The difference between a food chain and a food web is that a chain is a single strand of different levels of energy transfers, where as a food web will show the many food chains in a particular ecosystem such as a forest. Below is more detail about each.

Food chain

A food chain is the hierarchy of consumption of food from Sun to Plant to Herbivore (1st level consumer) to carnivore (2nd and higher level consumers). It acknowledges only one single string of connected plants/animals.

Food Web

A food web is a diagram showing the various different plants and animals in an ecosystem in relation to each other. It encompasses many consumers of each different level, acknowledging that one predator may eat several different kinds of prey, and that one kind of prey may be eaten by several kinds of predators. There are many food chains within a food web, and one creature is not necessarily at the top of the hierarchy.

A food chain tells the order of the food from the largest living thing to the smallest.A food web shows the actual group of living things in an environment AND what they eat!

A food chain is simply a chain of single animals and their predators in a line. A food web, however, is much more detailed as it has more then one predator or prey attached to it. So a caterpillar could be attached to a finch or mantis

Is there any animal that does not eat?

Adult mayflies do not have mouths and therefore cannot eat.

Example of food chain in grassland?

zebra eats grass lion eats zebra lion dies and vuture eats him

What do goshawks eat?

Northern Goshawks (Accipiter gentilis) are the largest of all North American accipitrids. Their diet consists of birds and mammals, ranging from icterids and other relatively small birds to grouse and snowshoe hares. They usually hunt by ambushing their prey.

What does a food chain tell you about an ecosystem?

1. it tells you what animals are prey and what animals are predators 2.it also tells you what animals are considered prey to another predator.

What eats a snake other than an owl?

Fox , Coyote

There are a lot of animals that will eat snakes other than owls. Almost any raptor (hawk, falcon, eagle, etc.) will eat a snake. There are a number of other mammals that will, as well, such as skunks, badgers, raccoons, weasels, and many more. Predatory wading birds like herons will also eat snakes - even other snakes will eat snakes! Really, just about any predatory animal that is large enough can eat a snake.

What animal eats penguins?

The best known predators are the leopard seals, but there are also fur seals, and whales and sharks.

Why are producers important in the food chain?

Producers make all the food. They feed the herbivores directly and the carnivores indirectly.

If we had no producers, then we would have no food.

What do possums eat?

Possums are essentially herbivorous and insectivorous, meaning they will eat a variety of foods. Possums' feeding habits range from omnivores (the Common Brushtail possum) to specialist browsers of eucalyptus (Greater Glider), insectivores (Mountain Pygmy Possum) and nectar-feeders (Honey Possum).

In the wild, they eat young shoots, leaves, flowers, nectar and fruit of a variety of trees and shrubs. They also feed on insects. They do not eat fish.

Possums also enjoy a feed of bread and honey put out by helpful suburban homeowners. However, it is best not to feed possums as they may become dependent on people for their food supply.

They tend to scavenge and have been known to eat pet foods.

Note: Possums are quite different animals from the 'opossums' of North America.

Do whales eat kelp in a food web?

no they dont. Whales typically eat krill, tons and tons of krill! Unless its an orca or the like in which case they eat seals n such :)

Why are birds of prey at the top of the food chain?

Because they can eat lots of other things but nothing can eat them because they are hard!

Can leaves that are not green make food?

Yes, leaves do not have to be green to photosynthesize and make food. The green is caused by chlorophyll, the most common and the most efficient, but not the only, compound that can extract energy from sunlight. Other pigments that can photosynthesize include cartenoids and phycobilins, and non-green leaves that photosynthesize range from brown and red seaweeds to red or yellow lichens and purple-leaved plum trees.

What animals eat thimbleberry?

Animals such as chipmunks, squirrels, hummingbirds, and rabbits eat thimbleberries.

What food chain does the coelacanth fit into?

good question.

the coelacanth fits into the food cain.. oviously under the sea, !

its a meat eater and it eats oother fish and gets small fish from the corals

How does bambara food look like?

first of all that question makes no sense. but if you are asking what bambara food looks like then it looks like doo doo unless you like that stuff because you are a bambara.

Do slugs eat ferns?

Yes, some types of slugs DO eat ferns. There are several different types of land slugs, so the answer to the question of what do slugs eat depends on which slug you are referring to.

The Selenochlamys ysbryda, also known as the ghost slug, can grow over two inches long. It is white in color, and actually is nocturnal. Due to its color and its nocturnal habits, it was named a ghost. It is a carnivorous slug, and feeds upon earthworms. It has teeth, which are extremely sharp.

The Arion lusitanicus, also known as the Portuguese slug, is part of the family of the Arionidae slugs. It's a larger slug, and you might be able to recognize it by its reddish brown color. It primarily feeds upon leaves, grass, and other plants in a garden.

The Arion vulgaris, also known as the Spanish slug, is native to Spain, parts of western France, and the south of England. It can grow up to twelve centimeters long, and has dark antennae. It is considered to be a highly invasive species of slug, due to their copious inhabitance in gardens. They primarily eat weeds, clover, grass, and other vegetation.

The Arion ater, also known as the black slug, can grow up to ten to fifteen centimeters in size. As the common name suggests, this slug is black in color. However, despite the name, this slug has been seen as different colors, including white. It primarily eats vegetation, such as grass, clovers, and leaves.

What type of organisms provides the base of a food web?

The base organisms in a food web are called producers. These organisms contain the most energy and in most cases are plants.

Is a lion part of the food chain?

Every living thing is part of one food chain or another. A lion is the top predator in its food chain, and in the African savanna food web, it is at the same level as hunting dogs, leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas