Biomass Pyramid for a Marine Ecosystem


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What is a biomass pyramid?

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1. Which of the following describes why a biomass pyramid in an ecosystem depending on phytoplankton may be inverted?

2. Which of the following is a reason for an inverted biomass pyramid in coral reef ecosystems?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Find out what you can recall about a biomass pyramid for a marine ecosystem by answering these multiple-choice questions. Important topics include a definition of a biomass pyramid and a description of why an ecosystem depends that depends on phytoplankton can be inverted.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These areas will be addressed when you take the quiz:

  • The existence of an inverted biomass pyramid in coral reef ecosystems
  • Formation for the base of marine biomass pyramids
  • Comparison between the biomass pyramids of marine versus terrestrial ecosystems

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define a biomass pyramid
  • Making connections - use your understanding of an ecosystem that can be inverted and how it's connected to phytoplankton
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the reason an inverted biomass pyramid exists in coral reef ecosystems
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast marine biomass pyramids and terrestrial ecosystems

Additional Learning

The lesson entitled Biomass Pyramid for a Marine Ecosystem will teach you more about the following areas:

  • Trophic levels
  • Producers
  • Primary, secondary and tertiary consumers