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==Definition of a Habitat - Further information==
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1. The ''place'' where an organism ''is found'' – i.e. a wave-cut platform, as for example in the EU species and habitats Directive;
 
1. The ''place'' where an organism ''is found'' – i.e. a wave-cut platform, as for example in the EU species and habitats Directive;
  

Revision as of 18:01, 20 November 2007

Definition of Habitat:
(1) The environment within which an organism is normally found. A habitat is characterized by the physical characteristics of the environment and/or the dominant vegetation or other stable biotic characteristics.[1].


(2) The locality, site and particular type of local environment occipied by an organism.[2].
This is the common definition for Habitat, other definitions can be discussed in the article

Notes

1. The place where an organism is found – i.e. a wave-cut platform, as for example in the EU species and habitats Directive;

2. The area where a species is found, as used by biogeographers; or

3. The area where a species could potentially establish itself, as used by ecologists.

References

  1. Lawrence E. and Henderson W.D. (2005), Henderson’s dictionary of biology, Eleanor Lawrence. 748pp.
  2. Lincoln R., Boxshall G. and Clark P. (1998). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics (2nd Ed). Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, (England). 361pp.