A community is a group of 2+ species that all have specified roles in their specific area.
An ecosystem is made up of several species and their surroundings, such as plants, land and organisms.
The sociological definition of a community is a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage. However, the biological definition is a group of interacting organisms sharing an environment.
The definition of a ecosystem is a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms (plants, animals, micro-organisms) with their environment.
The term community is socially associated with a group of people who share a common belief, intent, resources, needs, etc., while ecosystem is used in reference to a natural unit. Furthermore, species within an ecosystem are independent, only commonly sharing the particular habitat and sharing food webs. Examples include desert, forest, prairie or rainforest. Therefore technically ecosytems and communities are the same idea (simply a group of interacting organisms in a shared environment), but the cultural and social understandings of the two units are different.
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