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Producer

An autotrophic organism capable of producing complex organic compounds from simple inorganic molecules through the process of photosynthesis(using sunlight energy) or through chemosynthesis (chemical energy)

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Autotrophs

An organism that is able to form nutritional organic substances from simple inorganic substances such as carbon dioxide

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Primary consumers

Usually herbivores, feeding on plants and fungi (heterotrophs, animals)

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Secondary consumers

Mainly carnivore and prey on other animals. Omnivores who feed on both plants and animals can be considered a secondary consumer. (animal, heterotrophs, carnivores)

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Herbivores

An animal that feeds mainly or only on plants (primary consumers)

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Decomposers

An organism, usually a bacterium or fungus, that breaks down the cells of dead plants and animals into simpler substances