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Habitat is the environment in which natural or human species live. In all cases, a habitat is an area where an individual or population exists or can exist. The Joshua Tree, for example, can only be found in its natural habitat, which is the Mohave Desert. Water lilies can only be found in aqueous conditions, while cacti can only be found in desert conditions. Certain types of fish reside only in the ocean's abyss while longhorn sheep live on mountains.

A habitat can consist of a single individual living alone on an island, such as the fictional character Robinson Crusoe, as well as the individual members of a species in an area. Habitats can cover wide or small areas.

A microhabitat can be viewed as the immediate ...

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