Biomass- Pyramid


Biomass Pyramid- noun

A graphical representation to show the relative amounts of biomass at each trophic level….Learn more>>




enlarge graphic>>   BIOMASS- PYRAMID RICE EDU   Credit: Dylan Prentiss, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara

… However, between the stage of the primary producer (grain) to the cattle (herbivore), 90% of the energy supplied by the grain is lost in the raising of the cows. From the cattle to the humans, the same efficiency also holds; just 10% of the energy stored in the beef is passed on to people. But if the grain were directly fed to people, the amount of energy that would have been used (and wasted) by cattle would be used by people, essentially “saving” a great deal of available energy and biomass. This concept is particularly important in…Learn more>>


renewable-button  Don’t Forget The Parasites! Reevaluating The Pyramid Of Numbers

By Hannah Waters | July 26, 2011

…where would you stick a parasite in a pyramid of numbers? Feather lice, for example, live in the feathers of birds. If they are sucking the blood of a hawk, does that make them higher on the food chain than the hawk? Are they at a greater trophic level, despite being as small as they are? Does parasitism count as predation?…

renewable-button   The Eaten Outpace The Eaters In Biomass Pyramid

 By: Paul Katula |Sep 4, 2015

Ecosystems have a carrying capacity, the maximum biomass each trophic level can support given finite resources. Here’s the pattern….




BIOMASS- PYRAMID GREEN TRIANGLE   The name of the pyramid biomass comes from the fact that it is represented in the pyramid form. Their energy capacity is usually concentrated at the base, which is represented as being wide and decreases as one move up to the apex. The pyramid is used as a manner of clarifying the movement of the biomass as well as the energy through the ecosystem…Learn more>>


renewable-button  Biomass vs. Energy Pyramids

 by Ellie Maclin

Biomass pyramids and energy pyramids are two types of ecological “infographics” used by scientists to represent the relationships among elements in a food chain. Scientists can use these kinds of biological pyramids to determine the health of plant and animal populations by using pictures to represent concrete measurements of an ecosystem’s parts….



Upright And Inverted Pyramids?

Definition- Biomass pyramids are shaped that way to show that biomass is largest at the base, and decreasing in amount as it goes through the apex. The two types of biomass pyramids are the upright and the inverted. The upright pyramid is found in most ecosystems. It results when the combined weight of producers is larger than the combined weight of consumers. An inverted type results when the combined weight of producers is smaller than the combined weight of consumers.



by Saritha Pujari

Ecological Pyramids Are Of Three General Types Namely:

(i) Pyramid of numbers, showing the number of individual organisms at each level

(ii) Pyramid of biomass, showing the total dry weight and other suitable measure of the total amount of living matter, and

(iii) Pyramid of energy, showing the rate of energy flow and/or productivity at successive trophic levels.

…The pyramids of numbers and biomass may be upright or inverted depending upon the nature of the food chain in the particular ecosystem, whereas pyramids of energy are always upright…Learn more>>   

BIOMASS- PYRAMID INVERTED  enlarge graphic>>


Published: November 14, 2009 By Palmira SBIOMASS- PYRAMID BIOVS. ENERGY

Biomass Pyramid vs. Energy Pyramid

Slight imbalance in the ecosystem might be hazardous, and can have ill effects on all the living beings. Biomass and energy pyramids help us to know, if there…Learn more>>




Pyramid Of Energy

4 Functional Aspects Of An Ecosystem-  by Puja Mondal

Some of the important functions of an ecosystem are as follows:

– Energy flow in an ecosystem

– Food chain, food web and ecological pyramid

– Biogeochemical cycles

– Ecological succession.

(iii) Pyramid of Energy: The most ideal and fundamental method of representing the relationships between organisms in different trophic levels is the pyramid of energy. We know that in every ecosystem,…Learn more>>