Definition of ecotone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈiːkə(ʊ)təʊn/
Pronunciation: /ˈɛkə(ʊ)təʊn/


A region of transition between two biological communities: ecotones between two habitats are often richer in species than either
More example sentences
  • 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: /iːkə(ʊ)ˈtəʊn(ə)l/ Pronunciation: /ɛkə(ʊ)ˈtəʊn(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • 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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