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YEAR 9 SCIENCE ECOLOGY - COMPOST BIN INVERTEBRATE COUNT

Combined count
Invertebrate Name

Mr Tomazi Group 2

Invertebrate Count
Mr Tomazi Group 3

Mr Walden Group 4 Total

Centipedes
Earthworms
Slaters
Mites
Earwigs
Woodlice
Spiders
Millipedes
Ants
lice
Slugs
Maggot/fly
Mole cricket
Springtails
Total Number of
Invertebrates

44
24
0
17
7
10
2
3
0
2
1
0
1
0
111

16
14
6
5
3
0
3
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
49

37
14
24
0
3
0
2
1
1
0
1
1
0
1
85

97
52
30
22
13
10
7
4
3
2
2
1
1
1
245

CLASS COUNT
Invertebrate/common
name
Centipede

Invertebrate/Scientific
name
Chilopoda

Picture/Diagram

Description/Information Count
Centipede is a bug
found in compost and is
on top of the food
chain. They normally
eat anything else they
find in the compost.

16

Earthworm

Lumbricina

Earthworm is a
common bug found in
all soil and eats the
goodness in the mud.

14

Spiders

Araneae

Spiders found in
compost are normally
very small and do not
eat a lot. They eat
anything smaller than
them in the compost.

Earwigs

Dermaptera

Slaters

Porcellio

Earwigs is a less
common bug found in
compost, although it is
near the top of the food
chain.
Slaters are found in
compost and normally
eat smaller bugs.

Mites

Acarus

Mites are the common


things in compost and
are normally on the
bottom of the pile.

Ants

Formicidae

Ants are less common


2
but overall are on top of
the food chain.

INVERTEBRATE KEY LINK


http://www.ento.csiro.au/education/key/couplet_01.html

In the description/information include information about life cycle, feeding habits, role in an ecosystem anything about their structure that may be related to what they do
in their ecosystem.

Centipede

Mites

Spiders

Earthworm

Earwigs

Ants

Soil / Compost / Plants

Slaters

What do all food chains start with?


All food chains start with plants. Plants use sunlight to produce the source of their energy.
This energy is then passed along the food chain as one organism eats another.
What is different about this type of ecosystem and the food chains in this ecosystem?
The food chains are not progressive and clear. Different invertebrates are prey to different ones.
How many different types of organisms were you able to identify?
My class found and identified 8 different types of organisms.
Would there be others likely to be there that you were unable to identify? Why?
Because we may not have found them and we wouldnt have known what they were.
What have you learnt about decomposer/compost ecosystems?
If you take just one organism out it can potentially destroy the whole ecosystem. Every food web starts with plants or the soil.
At the top of the food chain there is the least amount of predators and at the bottom there is the most.

Invertebraes

20
18
16
14
12
10
8
6
4
2
0
Centipede

Earthworm

Spider

Earwig

Slater

Mites

Ants