Land Ecology

Primary Producer
Primary Consumer
Secondary Consumer
Food Pyramid
Energy Pyramid

 

This is one of the many biomes that are found on the planet Enod. It is an area located just outside the deep rain forest that covers most of the two main continents. This area receives sufficient rainfall each year to sustain short grasses, Chorestial, and Cooksonia. These three plants are adequately adapted to the arid conditions found on these parts of the planet. Some of Enod's animals that call this place home are Superjaw, Snakelong, and Larjaw. These animals have adapted to these conditions and are growing in numbers throughout the region.

Plants and Animals

Primary Producers

Photosynthia in the first primary producers found on Enod. It is still highly dependent on water so you usually find it along river, lakes and ocean shores. Its has a simple root system that supports it heavy stem structure. It produces food by using the minerals found in the water by a process called photosynthesis.

Cooksonia is another primary producer found on Enod. It is a direct descendant of Photosynthia. It was able to evolve and move away from water by developing a complex root system that allowed it to absorb moisture and minerals from the soil. It is this ability that enables it to survive in very dry climates.

Chlorostem was the second type of plant that evolved on Enod. Similar to Photosynthia in many ways, it is still highly dependent on water for its survival. It has hair-like roots that allow it to cling and grow even in the most treacherous water conditions. Its strong cell wall evolved into tubular stems that grow out of the water to absorb more of Nuz's rays.

Chlorestial is the last of the primary producers to evolve. It also has an extensive root system that allows it to grow in a variety of climates. The hair-like parts that grow on the roots are able to absorb all the minerals and water from the solid. It transports these minerals to the rest of the plant usingthe tubular stems that make up the plant. It creates the food it need by converting these minerals into energy by using the photosynthesis process.

Primary Consumers

Amphipod was one of the first land animals to roam the Enod land surfaces. Its skin tissue provides all the protection it needs from the harmful UV rays emitted by Nuz. As it wanders through the uplands and wetlands found on Enod, it feeds primarily on the moist stems of the Chlorestem and Photosynthia plants. It is always on the lookout for predators so it never wanders off too far from water.

Larjaw is the second primary consumer found on Enod. Its sharp teeth front teeth and flat molars are ideal for tearing into tough outer layers of the Chlorestial and Chlorestem plants that it feeds on. It feels safe near water so you can normally find it anywhere there is water. Their successful breeding habits had forced these animals to spread throughout the tropical rain forests and uplands found on Enod.

Secondary Consumers

Snakelong is the smallest of the carnivores found on the Enod planet. Its long and slender body allows it to hunt down and capture even the most illusive prey. Its snake-like body enables it to climb into the forest canopy when it feels threatened by predators.

Superjaw is better know as "Terror of the forest". This animal spends a great part of the day warming itself in with Nuz's warm rays. His craving for meat is so great that it will eat just about all living animals that live in its habitat. Superjaw has a very slow reproductive system. Gestation period last about two year and only produces about two offspring. The long gestation period and the amount of food available, help limit the number of animals in an area.


The Food Pyramid

Enod Land Food Chain

 

 

 

The food pyramid or food chain found at Enod is very simple. The primary producers are found throughout Enod's oceans and land masses. These occupied the lowest part of the food pyramid because they do not need other plants or animals to survive. They produce their own food by using minerals found in the water and rich soils and the light from Nuz. They convert these mineral into food by using a process called photosynthesis.

The primary consumers occupy the second rung of the food pyramid. These animals can not produce their own food. They are herbivores and rely on plants for food. They have the ability to move around so they are not limited to a region. They can wander large areas in search of the plants they use as food.

The third and upper most section of the food pyramid is occupied by the meat eaters. These animals tend to be the largest animals found on Enod. These animals spend most part of the day looking around for prey.


The Energy Pyramid

 

Enod Energy Pyramid ( By Edwin A. Rivas)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This diagram shows the amount of energy that the various plants and animal in this biome produce. As seen from the diagram, the more we move up the pyramid, the smaller the amount of energy that is passed on to become biomass.

This page was created by Armando Pedroza and Edwin Rivas.