reproductive isolation

noun

Definition of reproductive isolation 

: the inability of a species to breed successfully with related species due to geographical, behavioral, physiological, or genetic barriers or differences

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Choosy females prefer the particular color sported by males of their own species, leading to reproductive isolation. Steph Yin, New York Times, "The Strange Origin of a Manakin’s Golden Crown," 3 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of reproductive isolation

1949, in the meaning defined above

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