Synecology

Definition

noun

A subfield of ecology concerned with the relations between groups of organisms or coexisting biological communities.


Supplement

Synecology encompasses distribution, abundance, demography and interactions between coexisting groups of organisms. For instance, interspecific interactions (e.g. predation) are dealt with in synecology.


Word origin: Greek sýn (with, together with) + ecology.

Synonym: community ecology

Compare: autecology

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