island ecosystem


 

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Definition: 

Unique but fragile and vulnerable ecosystems due to the fact that the evolution of their flora and fauna has taken place in relative isolation. Many remote islands have some of the most unique flora in the world; some have species of plants and animals that are not found anywhere else, which have evolved in a specialized way, sheltered from the fierce competition that species face on mainland. (Source: GEMET/WRIGHT)

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ecosystem
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Synonyms
  • archipelago

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