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Heterospecificity

Definition
noun
The state of being in a different biological species as another.
Supplement
For instance, in an aquarium a territorial fish tend to fight with other similar species while live peacefully with smaller-sized heterospecifics.
Word origin: Latin hetero- (different) + specificity

Related forms: heterospecific (noun or adjective)
Compare: conspecificity


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