Trophics

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Trophics is a biological life science important to the studies of sophontology (...the study of technology-using alien species) and Xenobiology (...the study of non-technology-using alien species, often called creatures or beasts).

Term Etymology[edit]

Trophic, from the Terran language of Ancient Greek as trophikos meaning pertaining to food or nourishment.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Trophics is a biological life science studying the the selection of food used by a lifeform for nutritional intake or sustenance, the dietary relationships between different lifeforms, and other related topics.

Trophic Levels[edit]

Trophic levels can vary greatly according to the nature of a plant and the local fauna and flora.

Typically, trophic levels are arraged in a pyramidal structure with the least populous groups of a trophic classification located at the top of the pyramid, usually apex predators or more common types of carnivores, and the most populous groups of a trophic classification located at the bottom of the pyramid, usually autotrophs and detrivores of various types. "Biomass" and dietary efficiency is lost as the trophic level rises.

Trophic Systems[edit]

A typical system of trophic levels for a terrestrial planet of the type favorable to baseline Humaniti, might look like this:

  • Level 5: Apex predators, typically a type of carnivore, have no predators, are at the very top of the food chain, and are sometimes called quaternary consumers.
  • Level 4: Carnivores and omnivores that eat other carnivores (...and supplement their diet with autotrophic life) are called tertiary consumers.
  • Level 3: Omnivores and scavengers that eat herbivores (...and dead organic matter) are called secondary consumers.
  • Level 2: Herbivores and scavengers eat autotrophs (...and dead organic or inorganic matter) and are called primary consumers.
  • Level 1: Autotrophs (Plants, fungi, algae, etc.) most often make their own food and are called primary producers.

Trophic Table[edit]

Animal Classification (Science) Table of Trophic Consumption & Classification
Trophic Level Trophic Classification Alt. Name Notes
Level 5 Apex Predators (Carnivores & Sophonts) Quaternary Consumer Have no predators, are at the very top of the food chain
Level 4 Predators (Carnivores & Omnivores) Tertiary Consumer Eat other carnivores (...and supplement their diet w/autotrophs)
Level 3 Prey (Omnivores & Scavengers) Secondary Consumer Eat herbivores (...and dead organic matter)
Level 2 CisPrey (Herbivores & Scavengers) Primary Consumer Eat autotrophs (...and dead organic or inorganic matter)
Level 1 Autotrophs Primary Producer (Plants, fungi, algae, etc.) make their own food

Food Webs[edit]

A Food Web, or food chain, is a diagram showing the dietary relationships between different lifeforms, or, to put it simply, who eats whom.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

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Terminology[edit]

  • Biomass is the amount of organic matter present in a lifeform.
  • Diet is the selection of food used by a lifeform for nutritional intake or sustenance.
  • Food Web is a diagram showing dietary relationships.

Abiogenesis[edit]

While trophic levels have a theoretical top and bottom, the system, sometimes called a food web, forms a continuous, self-sustaining cycle. It is more than a little erroneous to list a beginning and ending level since science has still not discovered exactly how life originally began, a process known as Abiogenesis.

  • Some scientists hold the theory that only life can beget life (Biogenesis), while others are convinced that biological life can arise from inanimate and inorganic matter (Abiogenesis).
  • The mysteries of Abiogenesis remain some of the greatest quandaries known to the Third Imperium. Many scientists have studied the archeological remains of the Ancients society looking for clues.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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