Symbiosis is the interaction between organisms in an ecosystem. These interactions can be helpful, harmful, or neutral. There are five different types of symbiosis.
To better understand symbiosis…
LET’S BREAK IT DOWN!
Predation is a type of symbiosis in which one animal eats another. We call the animal that gets eaten, prey. Although it seems gruesome, predation is essential to maintaining an ecosystem. For example, rabbits eat plants. But if there were too many rabbits, they could eat all of the plants, and then some of the rabbits would starve to death. Foxes keep the rabbit population from getting too big, and because there are fewer rabbits, more plants can survive. Predatory relationships exist in all ecosystems.