Honshu Ecosystem By Vincent Panzica

A Map of Japan

Serow The Savior

There are a lot of ecosystems in the world. Many containing a lot of different animals and varieties all over the world. But with all the ecosystems in the world some can be really different from others. For example, the Honshu Japan ecosystem. The Honshu Japan ecosystem has a lot of different animals that you would never hear of in the United States. For example, the Japanese Serow. The Japanese Serow is a animal that was hunted for their meat, antlers and fur so people could survive during the winter back in the day. They have been so valuable that there had to be a law so people would stop hunting the Serow. But what would happen if the Serow was removed from the Honshu ecosystem. Would many animals die or would the Honshu ecosystem die out? There are different ways of this happening like with the relationships and the roles the animals have, in the ecosystem.

The Serow in his Natural habitat

The ecosystem of wonders

First of all, there are a lot of plants and animals in the Honshu, Japan ecosystem. Some of the plants in the system are the Jomon Sugi. The Jomon Sugi is a large and ancient cedar bark that you can find in Tokyo. This cedar bark can feed a lot of animals because of its leaves, and the bark it has can shelter small animals like the giant flying squirrel. According to the website Japan visitor, it said that the giant flying squirrel can hide and fly from tree to tree finding food to eat so it can survive like small insects. A reason for this is that the flying squirrel is hunted so often that it has to hide in the trees to stay alive. Some other animals in the ecosystem are the Ezo brown bear. The Ezo brown bear usually hunts a wild boar or the Sakhalin red fox. The role the Serow plays in my ecosystem is a secondary consumer. According to the website, Japan.org it said that what the Serow does is he stays in the forest where he can go unnoticed for a bit then he sneaks up on his prey like the giant flying squirrel or the wild boar and, well eats them. In conclusion, the ecosystem has a bunch of different animals and ways of living.

The Serow standing tall

Relationship status: BAD

Second, the Serow has a parasitism relationship with other animals. Usually when the Serow finds another animal, if the animal isn’t the same species or a tertiary consumer, the Serow will eat it as food to survive. The Serow doesn't have the most friendly relationship with his kind because usually they all kill and eat what they can. When two Serows find an animal they can kill it first and then either share the remains or just battle for it. One reason for this is because the Serow was almost killed of back in the day they never had enough time for food since they were almost always on the run, and now that their food system they eat is dying out they won’t be able to share it anymore if they need to survive. If their relationship was removed from the ecosystem this would not affect as many animals as the Serows relationship did before. According to the website Japan visitor, it said that the serow’s relationship with other animals had resulted with the animal getting eaten or dying. Consequently, if the Serows relationship was removed from the ecosystem then less animals would be dead and live. In conclusion, the Serow has a negative relationships with other animals.

The Serow trying to find some food

The ecosystem of complexity

Last, the food chain of the Honshu ecosystem is very complex. According to the website Japan visitor, it said that there are a lot of animals in the ecosystem and the food chain is no different, but where does my ecosystem start? First, it all begins with the sun, then trees and plants like the Jomon Sugi get the energy from the sun to pass on to small critters like the giant flying squirrel and the striped squirrel. After, the small critters get the energy they pass it on to primary consumers, like the wild boar or the Sakhalin red fox so secondary consumers like the Serow can get energy. Last but not least, the Serow and other secondary consumers pass the 1% of the energy left in their body to the tertiary consumers like the Ezo Brown bear or the Japanese bear. Even though this seems complex all of these animals do their role in their ecosystem and keep the food chain and web working smoothly. But what if the Serow was removed from the food chain? If this happened the whole food web and chain would fall out of balance. Without the Serow, one of the main secondary consumers most of the tertiary consumers would not have any food and would die, leaving the food chain in kaos. In conclusion, the Serow plays a very important role in the Honshu ecosystem.

One of the animals in the honshu ecosystem, The Ezo Brown Bear, eats the Serow

All is Well

In conclusion, the Honshu ecosystem’s Serow has a pretty big part in keeping everyone alive. Even though the Serow doesn't have the best relationship status he did do the part helping out the tertiary consumers stay alive and keeping the food chain and web in balance. If the Serow did get removed from the ecosystem then many tertiary consumers would die and then the secondary consumers would eat all the primary consumers and nothing would be right. Right now the Serow doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere, so all is good.

One of the monuments in Japan

Credits:

Created with images by JordyMeow - "hiroshima japan japanese" • fredkatvox - "Muroran-021120082589" • Naoharu - "Japanese Serow - ニホンカモシカ" • nakae - "japanese serow" • tristanf - "Serow wading the river" • jetalone - "ヒグマ遭遇(知床) Ezo Brown Bear!" • JordyMeow - "hiroshima japan japanese"

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