Competition

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Competition

 

Competition occurs when organisms strive for limited resources. “Rivalry can be for sustenance, water, light, or space. This connection can be between life forms of similar species (intraspecific) or between life forms of various species (interspecific).”

 

Intraspecific competition happens when members of the same species compete for the same resources.

 

Interspecific competition happens when individuals of different species strive for a limited resource in the same area.

 

Competitive exclusion principle. The principle states that species less suited to compete for resources will either adapt, move from the area, or die out. In order for two species within the same area to coexist, they may adapt by developing different specializations. This is known as character displacement.

 

Summary

Competition, or when organisms strive for limited resources, can be between organisms of the same species (intraspecific) or organisms of different species (interspecific).

In order for two species within the same area to coexist, they may develop different specializations; this is known as character displacement.

 

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