apex predator

noun

Definition of apex predator

ecology
:a predator at the top of a food chain that is not preyed upon by any other animal
  • The archipelago also harbors some of the highest densities in the world of so-called apex predators, the sharks, groupers and jacks who have no natural predators of their own but whose numbers have been depleted elsewhere by fishermen.
  • —Christopher PalaNew York Times19 Dec. 2006
  • As apex predators, brown bears are secure throughout most of their range, but habitat loss not only threatens populations, but has led to an increase in human/bear encounters.
  • —Ryan ElswickMyrtle Beach (South Carolina) Sun-News18 Oct. 2001

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1977


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