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Definition

Specialization: is an organism or one of its parts adapted to a special function or environment.

Hawaiian Translation: Nā kuhikuhi pono


Example

An example is the community of organisms who inhabit the area around hydrothermal vents at the sea floor.  With extremely high pressure and no sunlight, hydrothermal vents are not hospitable to many organisms.  However, several organisms have adapted to these conditions.

tubeworm

Tubeworms (with red tops) and a Zoarcid fish to the left of a hydrothermal vent.
Source: http://www.nsf.gov/news/overviews/earth-environ/interact01.jsp

 


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