(which is Latin
for "it inhabits") is an ecological
area that is inhabited by a particular species
or other type of organism
.Dickinson, C.I. 1963. British Seaweeds.
The Kew SeriesAbercrombie, M., Hickman, C.J. and Johnson, M.L. 1966.A Dictionary of Biology.
Penguin Reference Books, London It is the natural environment in which an organism lives, or the physical environment that surrounds (influences and is utilized by) a species population
The term "population" is preferred to "organism" because, while it is possible to describe the habitat of a single black bear, it is also possible that we may not find any particular or individual bear but the grouping of bears that constitute a breeding population and occupy a certain biogeographical
area. Further, this habitat could be somewhat different from the habitat of another group or population of black bears living elsewhere. Thus it is neither the species nor the individual for which the term habitat is typically used.
The term microhabitat is often used to describe the small-scale physical requirements of a particular organism or population.
The monotypic habitat occurs in botanical and zoological contexts, and is a component of conservation biology
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