the development of an ecological community to a stage short of the expected climax because of some factor, as repeated fires in a forest, that arrests the normal succession.
Origin of subclimax
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ecology a community in which development has been arrested before climax has been attained
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A stage in the ecological succession of a plant or animal community immediately preceding a climax, often persisting because of the repeated effects of fire, flood, or other conditions. See also climax community succession.
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