Definition of ecotone in English:


Line breaks: eco|tone
Pronunciation: /ˈiːkə(ʊ)təʊn
, ˈɛk-/


  • A region of transition between two biological communities: ecotones between two habitats are often richer in species than either
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    • Belt transects or strip transects have traditionally been used to study transitions between community types, such as the ecotone between a forested community and the grassy vegetation in a forest opening.
    • Tigers thrive in the areas known as ecotones that exist between cultivation and dense forest.
    • The apparent importance of ecotones in defining habitat quality for Northern Spotted Owls in northwestern California is based on long-term observational data.



Pronunciation: /-ˈtəʊn(ə)l/
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  • A major characteristic of barrens is the presence of many herbaceous species typical of tallgrass prairie and ecotonal habitats intermediate between prairie and forest.
  • Based on the habitat preference of associated species R. eastmanii prefers the ecotonal habitat between the wet floodplains and the dry uplands.
  • Angaraland equisetopsids are very diverse, especially in the Subangaraland ecotonal belt.


early 20th century: from eco- + Greek tonos 'tension'.

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