Biology Tutorials > Freshwater Ecology > Freshwater Lentic Communities & Animals

Freshwater Lentic Communities & Animals

Pink Lotus plant on a pond

Pink Lotus plant on a pond

Plants that live partially or completely submerged in water are deemed hydrophytes. A form of symbiosis occurs with these hydrophyte plants, which provide means for algae and other organisms to survive in the surrounding environment. This is because the hydrophytes provide the conditions for the likes of algae and bacteria to survive in the environment. In return, herbivore animals tend to feed on this rich blanket of algae as opposed to the plants themselves, therefore protecting them from being consumed.

Animals in this environment feed on this algae, and also upon the detritus matter, the organic material that is rich on the water bed. It is an area of abundant organic material because the plants that survive in this area provide a source of food, and also a source of shelter which can provide protection from predators or a location to hatch offspring in a closed protected area.

This energy-rich environment and suitable conditions allows a wide range of aquatic animals to successfully breed an survive in the area.

Particularly, herbivores thrive in these niches of the community, as there is a rich source of food (plants) growing from the nutrient-rich soil.

Biology Tutorials > Freshwater Ecology > Freshwater Lentic Communities & Animals

You will also like...

Structural depiction of catalase, an enzyme
Protein Activity and Cellular Metabolism

Proteins have a crucial role in various biological activities. Get to know how proteins are able to perform as enzymes, ..

Lentic community
Freshwater Communities & Lentic Waters

Lentic or still water communities can vary greatly in appearance -- from a small temporary puddle to a large lake. The s..

dinosaurs
The Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs represented a major turn in the evolutionary development of organisms on Earth. The first dinosaurs were presu..

Stem
Stems

Stems primarily provide plants structural support. This tutorial includes lectures on the external form of a woody twig ..

Young plant growing from the soil.
Soils

Nutrients in the soil are essential to the proper growth of a land plant. This tutorial deals with the properties of soi..

Freshwater aquatic plankton
Freshwater Communities & Plankton

Planktons are microscopic organisms that live suspended in aquatic habitats. There are two groups: the phytoplanktons an..