Biology (11th Edition)

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Chapter 57 - Dynamics of Ecosystems - Figure 57.15 - Inquiry Questions: 2

Answer

The snakes would eat the fish, which would eat fewer predators of herbivores. The greater number of predators would make for fewer herbivores and, thus, more algae.

Work Step by Step

Again, the complexity of ecosystems can be puzzling until we carefully look at each step, which resolves surprises and apparent contradictions.
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