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Related to autecology: synecology


The branch of ecology that deals with the biological relationship between an individual organism or an individual species and its environment.

au′te·co·log′i·cal (-kə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.


(Environmental Science) the ecological study of an individual organism or species. Compare synecology
ˌautecoˈlogical adj


(ˌɔ təˈkɒl ə dʒɛ)

the ecological study of an individual organism or species.
aut•ec•o•log•ic (ˌɔt ɛk əˈlɒdʒ ɪk, -i kə-) aut`ec•o•log′i•cal, adj.
aut`ec•o•log′i•cal•ly, adv.


the branch of ecology that studies the relation of an organism to its environment. Cf. synecology.
See also: Biology
the study of an individual organism, or the species regarded collectively, in relation to environment. — autecologic, autecological, adj.
See also: Environment
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Comparative autecology of the narrow endemic Solidago shortii and two of its geographically widespread congeners: An investigation into the causes of plant rarity and endemism.
Fourier analysis of bivalve outlines: Implications on evolution and autecology.
Autecology of pinyon-juniper species of the Great Basin and Colorado Plateau.
This century and a quarter of research has included many benthic invertebrate studies, including community characterizations, shellfish biology and culture, pathology, ecosystem energy budget modeling, habitat evaluations, assessments of human impacts, toxic chemical bioaccumulation in demersal food webs, habitat or endangered species management, benthic autecology, systematics (to define new species and species population boundaries), and other benthic studies.
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Distribution and autecology of the white shark in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Some observations on the autecology of the ciliate Conchophthirus mytili.
Interrelation of functional morphology, behavior, and autecology in early stages of the bivalve Merceuaria mereeuaria.
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