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habitat





An area with certain physical characteristics which support a particular community of animals and plants. In general, a habitat can be defined in physical terms, e.g., a rocky seashore or sandy desert, but as far as any one animal or plant species is concerned, the habitat cannot be defined without reference to the other animals and plants in the community.

A critical habitat is a habitat that is critical for the existence of an endangered species.

See also ecology.


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