Adaptive trait

Definition

noun, plural: adaptive traits

A genetic trait that helps an organism to maximize its reproductive success.


Supplement

For example, in hummingbirds, a long bill can be an adaptive trait since it is both heritable and adaptive. And for over a long time, more and more hummingbirds possess a long bill since it maximizes the reproductive success of these birds.

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