What is meant by Ecotype?

By K Balaji|Updated : August 18th, 2022

An ecotype is a different kind or race of a plant or animal species that tries to occupy a specific habitat. An ecotype, also referred to as an ‘ecospecies’ different geographical variety, population or race within a specific species that has adapted to certain other environmental conditions which makes it a tad bit different than the original species.

What is an Ecotype and its features?

An ‘eccotype’ is a different ‘type’ of a specific plant or animal species that has grown to adapt to certain local environmental conditions gradually and thus possesses a slight difference from the original species. It is also called an ecospecies and showcases itself as a genetically different geographical variety or type within the same species. There are generally two categories of ecotypes which will vary depending on the climatic conditions/

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  • An ecotype is a different type of geographical variety, population or race within a species which tries to adapt to the local environmental conditions and thus shows some genetically varied features.

  • ‘Ecospecies’ is another term for ‘ecotype’. They are one and the same. An ecotype is called an ecospecies.

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