ecocline

ecocline

[′ek·ō‚klīn]
(ecology)
A genetic gradient of adaptability to an environmental gradient; formed by the merger of ecotypes.
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The eastern San Bernardino Mountains in southern California range from about 3003,506 m and support a wide range of as many as 11 distinct life zones along an ecocline extending from Sonoran Desert on the east side and Mojave Desert on the north side, to an alpine ecosystem near the summit (Schoenherr 1992).
The boundaries of ecoclines are thus both spatial and ecological and when these boundaries are crossed unique interactions can occur, including unexpected predator and prey interactions.
To appraise the disease burden at Igbo-Ora, a rural community in the forest-savannah woodland ecocline, south-west Nigeria, an integrated study on malaria immunology and parasitology was initiated in 1991; the entomology and socioeconomic components commenced in 2001.
Mexico is a unique environment with 34 ecoclines compared to four in the continental United States.