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 (ĭn′tər-spĭ-sĭf′ĭk) also in·ter·spe·cies (-spē′shēz)
Arising or occurring between species: interspecific altruism.
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(ˌɪntəspəˈsɪfɪk) or


(Biology) hybridized from, relating to, or occurring between different species: interspecific competition.
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Adj.1.interspecific - arising or occurring between species; "an interspecific hybrid"
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The evolution speed of Cyt b gene was relatively moderate, which is suitable for the analysis of population and interspecific differences.
Both intra- and interspecific competition are considered factors controlling plant community assembly, population density, distribution, and species diversity (Harper, 1977; Turkington and Mehrhoff, 1990; Hautier et al., 2009; Levin and Carpenter, 2009; Borer et al, 2014), with the outcome of a competitive situation determined by differences in how competing plants exploit shared limiting resources (Menninger and Palmer, 2006).
The interspecific hybridization of Eucalyptus species has been conducted to produce hybrids with desirable characteristics, such as faster growth, higher disease resistance, and higher environment adaptability.
Interspecific aggression is common in birds; individuals regularly chase and attack members of other species.
Sterile interspecific hybrids have been obtained from sexual or somatic hybridization studies of these species.
Competition for space leads to intraspecific and interspecific aggressive interactions among anemones.
It's a curious fact that the wine world, from producers to consumers, divides its cultivars into "hybrids" (or interspecific hybrids) and vinifera.
Some of these barriers are not very effective in maintaining reproductive isolation between two species resulting in interspecific hybridization.
During courtship, the males normally call to attract conspecific females, and differences in vocalization frequencies help to reduce interspecific mating (Wells, 2007).
This 16-chapter volume explores intraspecific and interspecific biocommunication between species of bacteria, fungi, plants, animals, and humans.