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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.
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(Environmental Science) the ecological study of an individual organism or species. Compare synecology
ˌautecoˈlogical adj
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(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.
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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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Moreover, autecology studies tend to focus on plant characteristics, such as coning time, rather than seed traits (mass, storage, germination).
Defining a species' conservation status and applying effective and efficient conservation efforts requires information about distribution, abundance trends, habitat needs, autecology, and life history.
Autecology of the stone crab, Menippe mercenaria (Say), near the northern extent of its range.
Learning from traditional knowledge of non-timber forest products: Penan Benalui and the autecology of Aquilaria in Indonesian Borneo.
Despite this impact, information on bleak autecology is scarce in the Iberian Peninsula, with no data on growth and reproduction.
Calouro and Marinho-Filho, 2005; Rosas and Drumond, 2007; Constantino et al., 2008) and primate autecology (e.g.
Other stresses may include larger scale fluctuations brought on by climate variation or inherent to the autecology of the species in question.
The tramp ant Wasmannia auropunctata: Autecology and effects on ant diversity and distribution on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.