What is a Pioneer Species? - Definition & Examples


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A pioneer species is ______.

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1. All of the following are types of disturbances, EXCEPT:

2. All of the following are pioneer species, EXCEPT:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Whenever there is any kind of disturbance to an ecosystem, one type of plant will be the first to grow there afterwards. This plant is known as a pioneer species, and this quiz and worksheet combo will help you with your understanding of the importance of pioneer species and their relationship to the environment. You will be quizzed on things such as the causes of disturbances, the types of pioneer species, and the types of landscapes affected by pioneer species.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of a pioneer species
  • Types of disturbances
  • Examples of pioneer species
  • The definition of succession
  • Which species is a nitrogen fixer

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained about pioneer species, how they occur and how they affect the environment
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you understand key concepts, such as pioneer species and disturbance
  • Making connections - make sure you can understand the relationship between pioneer species, disturbances, and different types of landscape

Additional Learning

Learn more about pioneer species by reviewing the corresponding lesson on What is a Pioneer Species? - Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Definition of a pioneer species
  • The process of succession
  • Why pioneer species are important