Conspecificity

Definition

noun

The state of being in the same biological species as another.


Supplement

A territorial animal has the tendency to exhibit aggressive behavior in a habitat where there is conspecificity. For instance, a territorial Copperband Butterflyfish can be expected to fight with members of its own species.


Word origin: Latin con- (with) + specificity
Related forms: conspecific (noun or adjective)

Compare: heterospecificity

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