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Place where an organism or a community of organisms lives, including all living and nonliving factors or conditions of the surrounding environment. A host organism inhabited by parasites is as much a habitat as a place on land such as a grove of trees or an aquatic locality such as a small pond. Microhabitat refers to the conditions and organisms in the immediate vicinity of a plant or animal.
This entry comes from Encyclopædia Britannica Concise. For the full entry on habitat, visit Britannica.com.