Introduction to Tertiary Consumer
The tertiary consumer is also referred to as the apex predator. Such consumers typically exist at the very top of every ecological food chain. Moreover, a food chain usually consists of three types of consumers- primary, secondary, and tertiary consumers respectively.
Herbivores are classified as primary consumers; secondary consumers are by definition carnivores. The tertiary consumers could both be exclusively carnivorous, or even omnivorous, and feed on both primary consumers and secondary consumers.
Definition of Tertiary Consumer
Tertiary consumers are animals that consume other animals to obtain nutrition from them. Most importantly, they are at the highest level of the food chain.
Function of Tertiary Consumer