Carrying Capacity

Limiting Factors

Carrying Capacity

The maximum number of a single species that can an area can hold. For example the carrying capacity of a 10 gallon fish tank is 10 guppies.

So how does a population stay under control?

A population is made up of individual organisms of a single species that share the same location at the same time.

A limiting factor is a factor that will keep a population from increasing out of control. These can include: predators, disease, parasites, and competition for resources.

Other factors that can affect a population are natural disasters and human impact.

Examples of Limiting Factors

Think about it: Is acting as a limiting factor always a bad thing?