Keystone Predators and the Circle of LifeYou may be wondering why Rafiki and the "Circle of Life" song is playing on a blogpost. Well, that's because keystone predators hold the "Circle of Life" together! That is, if the keystone predator is removed from the community it is in or is added to another community then there could be major changes in abundances of other species within the community. An example of this can be seen in the kelp forest community consisting of otters, urchins, and kelp. The otter(see the .gif below) is the keystone in the community, if it is removed then the urchins will devour all the kelp and the circle will be broken and the community left desolated.
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