Every ecosystem has certain species that are critical to the survival of the other species in the system. The keystone species could be a huge predator or an unassuming plant, but without them the ecosystem may not survive.
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The American Beaver (Castor canadensis) is one example of a keystone species in North America.
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May 20, 2022
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