Annidation Definition

noun
(ecology) The adaptation of the various genotypes to different ecological niches, such as where a mutant form of a species is maintained in a population because it can flourish in a way that the parent organisms cannot.
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Origin of Annidation

  • Coined by geneticist Wilhelm Ludwig in 1950 as "a fifth evolutionary factor".

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  • From Latin ad (“to”) and nidus (“nest”).

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