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Template:Confused Conspecificity is a concept in biology. Two or more individual organisms, populations, or taxa are termed conspecific if they are considered to belong to the same biological species.

Where different species can interbreed and their gametes compete, the conspecific gametes take precedence over heterospecific gametes. This is known as conspecific sperm precedence.

Related conceptsEdit

Congeners are organisms within the same genus.[1]

AntonymEdit

The antonym (opposite term) of conspecificity is the term heterospecificity: two individuals are heterospecific if they are considered to belong to different biological species.[2]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Congener, Merriam-Webster.com. Accessed 2009-03-25
  2. Heterospecificity. Biology online. URL accessed on 5 December 2009.

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