Desert and Reef Ecosystems

Ecosystem Comparison Project

Desert's Biotic and Non-biotic Factors

Biotic- Plants & Animals

Abiotic- Sand, temperature

Reef's Biotic and Abiotic Factors

Biotic- Fish, whales, algae, coral, seaweed

Abiotic- Fish, whales, algae, coral, seaweed

Desert's Limited Factors That Impact

Water supply


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Reef Limited Factors That Impact

Clean water, fresh with not salty water included.
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Variations, Tolerance and Adaptations of Coyotes In the Desert

Adaptations: Common known to eat almost anything out of hunger, highly adaptable animals that can live in various environments, adjustable hunting strategies, fur controls body temperature and fur helps camouflage.




Tolerances: Coyotes have a high tolerance of their surroundings including cities or urban areas, that helps them make themselves at home just about anywhere.




Variation: Their variation from past ancestor to today's coyote are the cause of their survival. One example would be the fur. The fur serves as protection which was optioned as the years passed.

Variations, Tolerance and Adaptations of Barrel Cactus In the Desert

Adaptation: Adaptable to extreme temperatures like absorbs water to maintain itself, protects itself by having thorns from other predators.




Tolerances: Only tolerant to certain amounts of droughts. If the droughts are more than expected, there is a high risk the plant may die.




Variation: From old to new variation of the barrel cactus is how it survives. These can go from how it is shaped, to how good are the spines and how resistant its their metabolism

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Variations, Tolerance and Adaptations of Arabian Camel In the Desert

Adaptation: Adaptations keep the camel alive in the desert. For example his nostrils close to keep most of the sand out of his body, or they have really long and thick eyebrows to protect their eyes




Tolerances: Camels have a very high tolerance for extreme temperatures that surpass the 100 degrees.




Variation: An important variation of a the Arabian Camel would be his hump. It was thought that once a long time ago camels did not have humps. Within time and variation, camels developed something called a hump that helps them survive in their habitat.

Variations, Tolerance and Adaptations of Clown Fish In the Reef

Adaptation: Some adaptations clown fish use to survive where the ability to detect their correct food, good rounded fins to move fast and skin mucus that protects it’s skin.




Tolerances: Clown fish are tolerant with warm water but not cold. Only about in the 84’s and up.




Variation: Their reproduction helps the carry more variation than other animals. Since there's no certain male or female and sex is determined only by necessity of keeping the species alive, they mate with many different families and so probably one fish can have a ton of families of ancestors.

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Variations, Tolerance and Adaptations of Coral In the Reef

Adaptation: There best adaptations is their union as a family. They stay together and sense danger to protect others. It’s like they have a mind of it’s own.




Tolerances: As to the clownfish, coral are only tolerant with warm that his the 80 degrees and up.




Variation: Since coral act as a family, they also sense the gene from other corals,they can detect danger within them and try to make better ones for future generations as climate is one of the fights they have to put of with every day.

Variations, Tolerance and Adaptations of Jellyfish In the Reef

Adaptation: They are 90% water to float in water, they have stinging cell which also keeps them warm.




Tolerances: They have a tolerance of maybe surviving future risks in their environment.




Variation: Variation in jellyfish do not occur very much. They do reproduce but it is a very slow process which makes variation slower. They do get variation thou and become resistant to extreme climate changes.