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parapatricparapatrisch (ger.)

  • Of related animal or plant populations or species: occurring in distinct but contiguous areas, i.e. without full geographic separation. Also: relating to or occupied by such populations or species. (OED 2012)

    Here we have two kinds of animals that are unlike, and genetically separated (not interbreeding). These are sympatric or even may be parapatric.

    Laubenfels, M.W. de (1953). Trivial names. Syst. Zool. 2, 42-45: 45.


    It is […] convenient to distinguish by the term parapatric speciation the special case considered here in which the incipient species are contiguous populations in a continuous cline.

    Murray, J. (1972). Genetic Diversity and Natural Selection: 87.