A habitat is an area with specific environmental conditions in which an organism lives and reproduces. Many species of plant and animal have very specific environmental requirements. This means that these organisms are only found in areas that meet these requirements.

For example, the Raft spider (Dolomedes fimbriatus) is only found acidic bog habitat.

A photograph of a male Raft spider (_Dolomedes fimbriatus_)

A photograph of a male Raft spider (Dolomedes fimbriatus).
Photograph by James Lindsey at Ecology of Commanster, licensed under Creative Commons.

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