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How would the death of a population of the top consumers in a lake ecosystem affect the ecosystem as a whole?

How would the death of a population of the top consumers in a lake ecosystem affect the ecosystem as a whole?

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    The population of prey that the predator preys on would increase dramatically. Without anything to keep that population in check, and assuming that the population is herbaceous, the producers of that ecosystem (plants) would be consumed at such a rate that it would lead to the starvation of many population in the ecosystem.

    Say that the top consumer preyed on carnivores rather than herbivores. The carnivores would now be overpopulated, resulting in whatever THEY eat to dramatically decline as a result of over-consuming. This can also have severe consequences on its own. It should be clear that the relationships between consumers and producers is a very important one, and the upset of the scale could magnify very quickly and have major impacts on the ecosystem as a whole.

    Imagine killing off all bats. What do bats eats? Mosquitoes (among other things). What would you expect the population of mosquitoes to do if all bats died off? Although this isn't a lake ecosystem, the same implications apply.

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