originating in or occupying the same geographical area.
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How to use sympatric in a sentence
Consequently, in some areas it is sympatric with S. cyanosticta and phaeota.Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca | William E. Duellman
Trionyx ferox in the northern part of its range is sympatric with T. spinifer asper.North American Recent Soft-shelled Turtles (Family Trionychidae) | Robert G. Webb
Interfertility between two sympatric fishes, Notropis lutrensis and Notropis venustus.Five Natural Hybrid Combinations in Minnows (Cyprinidae) | Frank B. Cross
Southern pygmy mice at high altitudes average larger than those from low elevations, except where the two species are sympatric.Speciation and Evolution of the Pygmy Mice, Genus Baiomys | Robert L. Packard
Syrrhophus cystignathoides and leprus are apparently sympatric in central Veracruz.
British Dictionary definitions for sympatric
(of biological speciation or species) taking place or existing in the same or overlapping geographical areas: Compare allopatric
- sympatrically, adverb
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Scientific definitions for sympatric
Occupying the same or overlapping geographic areas without interbreeding. Although they share the same geographic range, sympatric populations of related organisms become isolated from each other reproductively. This can happen by the development of subpopulations that become dependent on distinct food sources or that evolve distinct seasonal mating behavior. Flowering plants frequently become reproductively isolated through the development of polyploid hybrids (hybrids with three or more sets of chromosomes) that cannot backcross with either parent.♦ The development of new species as a result of the reproductive isolation of populations that share the same geographic range is called sympatric speciation. Compare allopatric.
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