Difference Between a Community and an Ecosystem


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A scientist is studying a desert habitat. He looks at the type of rocks present, amount of sunlight, and species of lizards, snakes and rodents in the area. What type of ecological level is he studying?

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1. What is an ecosystem?

2. What is a community?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Organisms on Earth tend to be grouped according to larger clusters of organisms in which they are found. Two of the main group classifications are communities and ecosystems, which this assessment will test you on. You'll be specifically tested on points such as the definitions of both and how to identify them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Identifying each group based on specific information
  • The definition of an ecosystem
  • The definition of a community
  • Examples of abiotic factors

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure that you correctly remember the lesson's main points on the definitions, characteristics, and features of communities and ecosystems
  • Distinguishing differences - use your understanding of the topic to compare and contrast communities and ecosystems on the basis of their defining characteristics
  • Knowledge application - apply your knowledge of the topic to identify examples of communities and ecosystems based on information given in the questions

Additional Learning

Get some more information on this subject with the associated lesson, Difference Between a Community and an Ecosystem. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Communities vs. ecosystems
  • The definition of each
  • How they are formed
  • Examples of both communities and ecosystems