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sympatric

[sim-pa-trik, -pey-] /sɪmˈpæ trɪk, -ˈpeɪ-/
adjective, Biology, Ecology
1.
originating in or occupying the same geographical area.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; sym- + Greek pátr(ā) fatherland (patr-, stem of patḗr father + feminine noun suffix) + -ic
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Examples from the web for sympatric
  • These so-called sympatric animals share food resources much of the year, but differ mostly during times of food scarcity.
  • Farther east, where sympatric with the common grackle, it takes more open sites than the grackle.
  • In areas where they are sympatric or overlap in range, the bears utilize different resources or are active at different times.
  • But sympatric speciation has drawn fierce criticism.
British Dictionary definitions for sympatric

sympatric

/sɪmˈpætrɪk/
adjective
1.
(of biological speciation or species) taking place or existing in the same or overlapping geographical areas Compare allopatric
Derived Forms
sympatrically, adverb
Word Origin
C20: from syn- + -patric, from Greek patra native land, from patēr father
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Word Origin and History for sympatric
adj.

1904, from syn- + Greek patra "fatherland." Opposite of allopatric.

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sympatric in Science
sympatric
  (sĭm-pāt'rĭk)   
Ecology
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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