are the most complex and species-rich ecosystem on Earth.
But what is rainforest
is a community of all organisms in a given area, and the
physical environment which they interact with.
On the land there are terrestrial ecosystems such as forests,
grasslands or rainforests; and in the water there are freshwater and
marine ecosystems such as lakes and, say, coral reef.
(By the way coral
reef is the second species-richest ecosystem on the
Rainforest biome is very
complex. It includes a myriad of
different species of plants and animals that are all adapted to rain,
and lots of it.
different levels of plants
in the rainforests. The
highest are the tall trees that often, particularly in tropical
rainforests, form a closed canopy. On the next level are vines, orchids
epiphytes that grow high up in trees to reach more sunlight. Lower down
are tree ferns and similar short trees, and next there is the forest
floor - dark but far from lifeless.
is also complex. Insects are deeming in what is very
favourable conditions for them. Frogs and reptiles thrive. Bird life
is noisy and colourful with many species of parrots and cockatoos.
Since birds live mostly in the rainforest canopy, rainforest snakes are
often tree snakes. Many mammals also live up in trees, whether they are
herbivores or carnivores. And rivers and waterholes contain different
those plants and animals
are dependent on each other in a complex
and/or benefit from each other in other ways in the ecosystem. Rainforest
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