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Definition of Metapopulation

Metapopulation Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Description: A set of partially isolated populations belonging to the same species. The different populations are able to exchange individuals and recolonize sites in which the species has recently become extinct.
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Glossary of Marine Biology
A group of interconnected subpopulations, usually of subequal size. The features of individuals now founnd in one subpopulation might
Metapopulation Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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A metapopulation consists of a group of spatially separated populations of the same species which interact at some level. The term metapopulation was coined by Richard Levins in 1969 to describe a model of population dynamics of insect pests in agricultural fields, but the idea has been most broadly applied to species in naturally or artificially fragmented habitats. In Levins' own words, it consists of "a population of populations".

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