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A stage in the succession of an ecological community preceding the attainment of a climax community, often persisting because of the occurrence of fires, floods, or other disturbances.

sub′cli·mac′tic (-măk′tĭk) adj.


(Biology) ecology a community in which development has been arrested before climax has been attained
subclimactic adj


(sʌbˈklaɪ mæks)

the stage of an ecological community that normally precedes the climax, esp. when further development is arrested.
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This was consistent with the sugarberry-cedar-elm-pecan community in which pecan was, perhaps, a subclimax species that persisted into the climax forest.
Geist (1971) distinguished between permanent and transient moose habitat, the latter typically comprising early successional or subclimax plant communities resulting from natural (fire) or human (logging) perturbation of coniferous forest stands.
Vegetation upslope of riparian areas in the Coast Range was characteristic of the western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) zone (Franklin and Dyrness 1973) and was dominated by subclimax Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), western hemlock, western red cedar (Thuja plicam), and red alder (Alnus rubra).