tertiary consumer

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tertiary consumer

n.
An organism that feeds on secondary consumers in a food chain.

tertiary consumer

an organism at the end of a food chain, which can be a carnivore, a decomposer or a parasite. see TOP CARNIVORE.
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The trophic dynamics of 50 finfish and 2 squid species on the northeast US continental shelf.
Such variability has been shown to affect trophic dynamics in complex food webs across the globe (e.
Terrestrial trophic dynamics in the Canadian Arctic.
The trophic dynamics of summer flounder have been fairly well studied (Poole, 1964; Smith and Daiber, 1977; Powell and Schwartz, 1979; Roundtree and Able, 1992; Link et al.
A necessary element in support of EBFM is nontraditional types of fisheries data, including information on the trophic dynamics of fishes.
Trophic dynamics of marine nekton and zooplankton in the northern California Current pelagic ecosystem.
Preliminary results on the trophic dynamics of the Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rica.
In order to better understand the trophic dynamics of these species in the Azores, the diets of thornback ray and tope shark caught in this area during 1996 and 1997 were analyzed to describe feeding patterns and to investigate the effect of sex, size, and depth and area of capture on diet.
Information on the feeding habits of these two species contributes to a better understanding of trophic dynamics and food webs--information which is needed as fisheries scientists advance ecosystem principles to fisheries management (Pauly et al.