A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
A transitional zone between two adjacent communities, containing species characteristic of either as well as other species occurring only within the zone.
A transitional zone between two communities containing species characteristic of each.
A transitional zone between two ecological communities, as between a forest and grassland or a river and its estuary. An ecotone has its own characteristics in addition to sharing certain characteristics of the two communities.
A transition area between two adjacent ecological communities (ecosystems).
Origin of ecotone
Combination of eco- (“ecology”) + -tone, from the Greek τόνος (tónos, “tension”).