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==See also==
[[Biotopes and classification systems]]<br>
[[Functional diversity in marine ecosystems]]

Revision as of 16:18, 27 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 occupied by an organism.[2].
This is the common definition for Habitat, other definitions can be discussed in the article


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.


  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.

See also

Biotopes and classification systems
Functional diversity in marine ecosystems