A HABITAT is the place where an organism lives that 
contains a particular set of conditions. It can be subdivided 
into smaller microhabitats or combined into large areas called 
biomes. A
BIOME is a large region that has a distinct climate 
and combination of plants and animals. For example, the 
habitat of a clown fish are the coral reefs. Their microhabitat 
can be described as the tentacles of a sea anemone. The 
biome in which the coral reefs are found is called an ocean.





There are two major kinds of biomes - land and water. 
The land biome is called a
TERRESTRIAL biome. There 
are seven different types of terrestrial biomes in the world. 
The water biome is called an
AQUATIC biome. There are 
two main aquatic biomes.

Biomes can be located in separate parts of the world but are 
still linked by common types of vegetation and animals. The 
two main factors that define a biome are temperature and 
rainfall. These two factors combine to make the climate that 
affects all living things within a biome.












                  percentage of each biome in the world

North, Central, and South America are continents that 
contain ALL the types of biomes. Click on a biome below 
to learn more about it.

Terrestrial biomes





deciduous forests

coniferous forests

tropical rain forests

Aquatic Biomes


fresh water


animal diets

animal interdependence

animal populations

food webs and chains


fun with food webs

food chains


endangered animals

wildlife puzzles

match the animals

producers, consumers, decomposers


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Questions and comments:  last revised 6/2019


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