a transitional zone between two adjacent communities, containing species characteristic of either as well as other species occurring only within the zone
Origin of ecotone; from eco- + Classical Greek tonos, a stretching: see tone
A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
Origin of ecotoneeco– + Greek tonos, tension, tone; see tone.
- a transition area between two adjacent ecological communities (ecosystems).
Combination of eco- (“ecology”) + -tone, from the Greek τόνος (tónos, “tension”).