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asked Dec 25, 2016 in Chemistry by clocloflo123456789
What is it called when two populations can no longer interbreed

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answered Dec 25, 2016 by anonymous
Reproductive isolation
 
Short answer - when two populations can no longer interbreed (reproduce) because they are separate from each other (isolated). 

Longer answer - This may refer to when the two populations cannot mate or when the offspring a mating produces is not fertile or does not survive. Reproductive isolation can occur for many reasons, a few of which include living in different habitats, physical barriers between the two populations (like oceans or mountains), differences in mating rituals, and more.

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