Create an imaginary species that’s a OMNIVORE or CARNIVORE in the TAIGA

Create an imaginary species that’s a OMNIVORE or CARNIVORE in the TAIGA. Answer all questions below. Make sure to list any sources used. Please use high quality sources. An example of an imaginary species not specific to your species would be The Great Green Shark, in lue of the Great White shark ect.

YOUR NAME: (erase this and type your name here – must be included for credit)

  1. (1 point) ECOSYSTEM/BIOME WHERE YOUR IMAGINARY ANIMAL SPECIES LIVES (this information is on your group board):
  • (1 point) WERE YOU ASSIGNED TO TALK ABOUT AN HERBIVORE?  OR AN OMNIVORE/CARNIVORE? (this information is on your group board):
  • (3 points) PLEASE DO SOME BRIEF RESEARCH TO FIND AN EXAMPLE OF A REAL-LIFE SPECIES THAT FITS THIS DESCRIPTION (ROLE AND ECOSYSTEM THAT YOU WERE ASSIGNED).  Provide the BINOMIAL SCIENTIFIC NAME and COMMON NAME of that real species here.  Also provide any source(s) used in your research.
  • (5 points) Describe this real/existing species below in some detail including trophic level (given in numeric form, like 1st, 2nd, etc.), its typical diet, interactions with other species in its ecosystem, etc. (at least 4 sentences in your own words about it and a good source for your work, which should be cited with a complete link).

NOW, WE WILL TALK ABOUT YOUR NEW (AND IMAGINARY) SPECIES, WHICH SHOULD BE SIMILAR TO (AND CLOSELY RELATED TO) THE SPECIES YOU TALKED ABOUT ABOVE.  IT WILL LIVE IN THE SAME ECOSYSTEM, AND BE IN THE SAME GENUS, BUT HAVE SOME KEY DIFFERENCES.

  • (1 point) GIVE YOUR IMAGINARY SPECIES A COMMON NAME.
  • (2 points) GIVE YOUR IMAGINARY SPECIES A PROPERLY-FORMATTED BINOMIAL SCIENTIFIC NAME (it should be in the same genus as the real-life species you talked about in questions 3 and 4 above)
  • (2 points) Describe at least one very specific (and genetically-based) way that your NEW/IMAGINARY species is different from the closely-related existing species.  Preferably, this would be some kind of visually-recognizable difference in phenotype. 
  • (5 points) Now, imagine that there’s an entire population of your new/imaginary species, and it lives within the type of ecosystem that you were originally assigned for this activity. 

Any population of any sexually-reproducing species has genotypic and phenotypic variation (individual organisms are NOT identical even if they’re the same species), and your new/imaginary species is no exception to that rule.

Please describe, in detail, an example of phenotypic variation observed within this imaginary population.  You are NOT comparing your species to another species…you are comparing individuals within your new species to each other.  This difference is not required to be visually apparent – it could be something else, like a biochemical difference.  But it’s usually simplest and easiest to talk about a visible difference for this assignment.

Let’s assume that this phenotypic trait is encoded by a single gene, with just two possible alleles (which exhibit complete dominance of one allele over the other).  Please include in your description which phenotype is dominant and which is recessive, and what genotypes would lead to each phenotype.

9) You were assigned a specific ecosystem to talk about for your activity and project.  Your specific ecosystem is OMNIVORE or CARNIVORE in the TAIGA.

Then, you chose an existing species which fit the assigned requirements.

Do a bit of research and describe, in 4-5 sentences, some of the human-related threats (pollution, habitat destruction, climate change, etc.) to this species and/or the entire ecosystem you were assigned.  Be as specific as possible – exact locations and data would be best.  Cite at least one high-quality source to obtain full credit, and again, please focus on the ecosystem that was assigned to you.

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