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Consumer

Definition

noun, plural: consumers

An organism that generally obtains food by feeding on other organisms or organic matter due to lack of the ability to manufacture own food from inorganic sources; a heterotroph.


Supplement

Any of the organisms in all trophic levels in a food chain, except for producers.

In a food chain, the levels of consumers are:


Word origin: consume » Middle English consumen, from Latin cōnsūmere, to take + -er.

Related terms: primary consumer, secondary consumer, tertiary consumer.

See also: food chain, trophic level.


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Food Web

IMHO it should be consumed <- consumer, so that "lower" levels of food chain are lower as is usually depicted. Anyway, fungus cannot be the one who is only consumed, no matter which one is it (either II or V)

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by JackBean
Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:58 pm
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Food Web
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Views: 6011

Food Web

... that V is "only consumed" and II "only consumes everything around". I mean, shouldn't the arrows be in the sense: consumed to consumer ? If it's not the case and you're right, II would be in fact consuming everything, being able to be a decomposer (fungus). But in that case ...

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by LeandroLuis
Fri Jan 04, 2013 6:36 pm
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Food Web
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Views: 6011

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... activity????? Didn't you read the complete post????? The post makes it very clear that I am referring to Industrial Activity for production of consumer goods and services........I am not referring to industrial activity for production of food, clothing and shelter.

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by sushil_yadav
Tue May 15, 2012 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
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Views: 44607

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... the things that are destroying environment. At present we are destroying environment for Food, Clothing, Shelter plus Thousands of Industrial consumer goods and services. We must eliminate the things that were added last to the list......which means Thousands of consumer goods and services, ...

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by sushil_yadav
Tue May 15, 2012 4:54 pm
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
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Views: 44607

Re: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

... of it. Industrial Society has been destroying Extra environment for 250 years........It has been destroying environment for "thousands of consumer goods and services" in addition to food, clothing and shelter. You cannot save a person after killing him.......You cannot save environment ...

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by sushil_yadav
Thu May 10, 2012 9:05 am
 
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
Replies: 45
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