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ecopheneÖkophän (ger.)

  • The range of phenotypes produced by a single genotype, as found in populations of an organism across its natural range of habitats. Also: any of the range of such phenotypes specific to a given habitat. (OED 2012)

    The reaction-types of the ecotypes called forth by the modificatory influences of extreme habitat factors may appropriately be termed ecophenes. […]The term ecophene is proposed to cover each of the reaction-types of the ecotypes arising through the modificatory influences of the combinations of extreme habitat factors given in nature.

    Turesson, G. (1922). The genotypical response of the plant species to the habitat. Hereditas 3, 211-350: 346; 347.


    ecophene All the naturally occurring phenotypes produced within a given habitat by a single genotype; ecad; oecophene.

    Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A. & Clark, P.F. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 75.