User:Paola Quinones Lopez/Notebook/Vertebrates Food Web

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Even though we did not see any vertebrates in our transect because of the season we can infer vertebrates that might inhabit in our transect. All of this vertebrates and invertebrates work together to maintain themselves and their habitat. For example one of the birds that might inhabit our transect is the Turkey vulture Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Cathartiformes Family: Cathartidae Genus:Cathartes Species: C. aura

The food web represents where these organisms that we found in our transect get their energy from. The plants get their energy from the sun, these plants include algae, moss, flowers, and leaves. Fungi can get their energy from plants and organic matter. Bacteria also get their energy from organic matter. Plant-like protists get their energy from the sunlight, , and finally, arthropods get their energy source from fungi, bacteria and plant-like protists. The other animals that are mentioned in our food web are hypothesized. We inferred that if these organisms exist in our transect, their predators must too be around. We looked up the predators of the organisms we found and made a more extensive food web. We infer a lot of these animals are present in our transect or are close to our transect, even if we did not see them.

There is a high probability that birds, snails, squirrels, spiders, beetles, rabbits, rats, salamanders, and frogs exist in our transect. These animals may not have been present at the particular moment we went to collect samples in our transect; however, these animals have been seen around campus therefore there is a chance that they might be present in our transect. Deers, skunks, and racoons are bigger vertebrates that are not frequently seen around campus, however, they can also be present. The probability of them being present is lower than the previous mentioned organisms.

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