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n. a transition area between two adjacent ecological communities (ecosystems).
An ecotone is a transition area between two biomes. It is where two communities meet and integrate. It may be narrow or wide, and it may be local (the zone between a field and forest) or regional (the transition between forest and grassland ecosystems). An ecotone may appear on the ground as a gradual blending of the two communities across a broad area, or it may manifest itself as a sharp boundary line.
The word ecotone was coined from a combination of eco(logy) plus -tone, from the Greek tonos or tension – in other words, a place where ecologies are in tension.
Ecotone may refer to:
- Ecotone, transition area between two adjacent ecological communities (ecosystems)
- Ecotone (Six Feet Under episode), the title of Episode 509 of Six Feet Under
Usage examples of "ecotone".
In ecology, an ecotone is a place where two living biomes come together, a convergence characterized by a rich variety of vegetation and animal life.