ecological community (community, ecological)
Glossary of "Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet (2nd ed.)" by Botkin & Keller (1998)
- This term has two meanings. (1) A conceptual or functional meaning: a set of interacting species that occur in the same place (sometimes extended to mean a set that interacts in a way to sustain life). (2) An operational meaning: a set of species found in an area, whether or not they are interacting.
- A group of populations of different species living in the same local area and interacting with one another. A community is the living portion of an ecosystem.
- Botkin, D. B. & Keller, E. A. 1998. Environmental Science: Earth as a Living Planet, 2nd ed. -xxxxii + 649 pp. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York.