sympatric

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Etymology[edit]

From sympatry +‎ -ic.

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sympatric (comparative more sympatric, superlative most sympatric)

  1. (biology, genetics) Occurring in the same, or in overlapping, territory, especially of species that do not interbreed.
    • 2004, Richard Dakwins, The Ancestor's Tale, Phoenix 2005, p. 349:
      There is some evidence of sympatric speciation of cichlid fish in small African crater lakes.

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  • (living in same territory without interbreeding): speciation

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