Corals, and the zooxanthellae algae they contain, form the base of a coral reef ecosystem. Organisms like sea urchins feed on microorganisms

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Corals, and the zooxanthellae algae they contain, form the base of a coral reef ecosystem. Organisms like sea urchins feed on microorganisms that grow on the corals. Organisms including seahorses feed on plankton and fish that also inhabit the reef. Larger animals like sea turtles frequently enter the reef to forage. Seaweeds, which are competitors of corals, may grow along the reef bottom. The biodiversity in a coral reef ecosystem can be changed by both natural and human acitivies. What is a natural factor that would most likely decrease the ecosystem’s biodiversity?

A. the immigration of several new populations of sea urchins into the reef

B. the overgrowth of a population of seaweed, which prevents light from reaching the reef

C. a sudden increase in the harvesting of corals, which decreases the coral population in the reef

D. a decrease in the level of inbreeding in several seahorse populations in the reef

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Camellia 3 months 2022-02-22T00:03:30+00:00 2 Answers 0 views 0

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    2022-02-22T00:04:35+00:00

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    The biodiversity of a coral reef ecosystem will be decrease if there is a decrease in coral reef population as most if the marine organisms, such as microbes, sea urchins, plankton, fishes, seahorses, along with larger animals, such as sea turtles, directly or indirectly depend on coral reefs. As seaweeds act as competitors of corals, overgrowth of seaweed population would decrease population of corals.

    This will lead to a disturbance in coral reef ecosystem and decrease the ecosystem’s biodiversity. Thus, the correct answer is ‘option B). the overgrowth of seaweed would prevent light from reaching the reef.’

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    2022-02-22T00:05:16+00:00

    B.

    I just got it right.

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