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What is an organism?

An organism is a living being, which is defined as being able to reproduce, undergo metabolism, grow, and adapt to their environment (even if over several generations). This includes: animals, microorganisms, plants, fungus and bacteria. All organisms are categorized by Nature’s ABC’s as biotic.

Organisms are complex systems made up of cells, some containing only one cell while others contain many cells (ie: humans). The organisms that contain multiple cells, often contain tissue (muscle, nerve, connective and epithelium) which is made up of specializing cells. Tissues then form organs which help the organism to survive (heart, skin, etc).

Organisms are organized by a taxonomic ranking system: Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species.

Our Wiki Field Guide lists and describes a number of organisms found at or near IslandWood.