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trophic level

n.
The position of a species or a group of species within a food chain or food web.
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trophic level

any of the feeding levels that energy passes through as it proceeds through the ecosystem. For example, primary producers (see PRIMARY PRODUCTION) form the first level in most ecosystems, followed by PRIMARY CONSUMERS (herbivores) up to the top predator level. See PYRAMID OF NUMBERS, BIOMASS.
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Specifically, carbon (13) facilitates detection of autotrophic sources in individuals which may not be readily observable (such as in upper trophic levels) using other diet study approaches (Melville & Connolly 2003).
For haddock, a higher trophic level might mean feeding on larger, more nutritious prey that can lead to optimal growth and reproduction.
(3) Count how many examples of each trophic level are represented in the sample food webs.
Invertebrates on weeds: Various species of invertebrates belonging to different trophic levels were found associated to weeds occurring in and around wheat and sugarcane crops in Faisalabad district.
Any attempt to better understand the food web of an aquatic system must develop an awareness of how best to sample the various trophic levels of that system.
These findings provide a baseline evaluation of macroarthropod richness and density that is integral to the recovery of the next trophic level. The reaction and recovery of many primary predators within the forest habitat is directly related to the recovery of the macroarthropod community as a prey resource.
Nitrogen isotope ratios ([[delta].sup.15.N]) monitor the trophic level of sampled diets.
This is logical given that feeding on one lower trophic level would provide about 10 times more food if we assume a mean transfer efficiency between trophic levels in aquatic systems of about 10% (Christensen and Pauly, 1993 Pauly and Christensen, 1995).
In addition, the habitat lost due to any effects on plants is also unlikely to result in significant effects to upper trophic level species due to the large amount of relatively undisturbed habitat available surrounding the site.
Figure 1 shows the results (outputs) of the simulation model as a probability distribution function of natural logarithm of total phosphorus (TP') for each trophic level. The distribution curves are very close to the normal distribution pattern, and they have the same variance.
Prey-based models predict that a change at one trophic level will prompt changes of alternating sign in successively lower trophic levels, while models of ratio-dependent predation predict that consumers and their resources will increase in parallel as ecosystem productivity increases (Arditi and Ginsburg 1989).
At very low levels of productivity, there is only one trophic level, plants (see Oksanen and Oksanen 2000).