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coadaptationco-adaptation (fr.); Koadaptation (ger.)

  • Adaptation of two or more things to each other, mutual adaptation. (OED 2012)
    The nice co-adaptation of their [the eyes’] ciliary processes, which are covered with a fine hair, seems to afford the animal [the wombat] an extraordinary power of excluding whatever might be hurtful
    Basss, G. [1803]. [Abstracts from the journal of Mr. Bass]. In: Collins, D. (1803). An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales, from its first Settlement, in January 1788, to August 1801. The Monthly Review 42 (Sept. 1803), 1-14: 10.
    Supposing these organs [of sense] as well as the other works of nature to be (however inexplicable realities, yet still) realities, we readily perceive their admirable co-adaptation
    Hylas (1803). [Observations on materialism, the ideal system, &c.]. Monthly Magazine; or, British Register 16, 9-12: 12.
    How have all those exquisite adaptations of one part of the organisation to another part, and to the conditions of life, and of one distinct organic being to another being, been perfected? We see these beautiful co-adaptations most plainly in the woodpecker and missletoe; and only a little less plainly in the humblest parasite which clings to the hairs of a quadruped or feathers of a bird; in the structure of the beetle which dives through the water; in the plumed seed which is wafted by the gentlest breeze; in short, we see beautiful adaptations everywhere and in every part of the organic world
    Darwin, C. (1859). On the Origin of Species: 60f.

    coadaptation 1: The evolution of mutually advantageous adaptations in two or more interactive species. 2: Selection by which harmoniously interacting genes accumulate in the gene pool of a population; internal balance; coadaption.

    Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A. & Clark, P.F. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 50.