Also found in: Dictionary, Medical, Wikipedia.
Related to Autecology: synecology





a branch of ecology devoted to the study of the peculiarities of the reactions of plant and animal species to environmental factors and the way of life of a species.

Autecology includes the ecology of individuals, which considers standard responses to environmental factors, and the ecology of populations, which studies intraspecific organization. Autecology contrasts with synecology, which studies the life of communities (different species of animals, plants, and microorganisms). The most important problem in autecology is the study of the dynamics of animal populations and the biomass of organisms of a particular species.


Kashkarov, D. N. Osnovy ekologii zhivotnykh, 2nd ed. Leningrad, 1944.
Naumov, N. P. Ekologiia zhivotnykh, 2nd ed. Moscow, 1963.
Macfadyen, A. Ekologiia zhivotnykh. Moscow, 1965. (Translated from English.)


References in periodicals archive ?
Some aspects of the autecology of prairie larkspur (Delphinium virescens) in Tennessee cedar glades.
But the mechanisms underlying these phenomena have not been fully elucidated, and perhaps as a consequence, these observations have been slow to change the conceptual model of Pacific hake autecology and have not been fully incorporated into the stock assessments that drive management decisions.
Plants and Environment: A Textbook of Plant Autecology.
This plan is serving as a pilot to establish an experimental approach towards the underlying drivers of the autecology of this species.
depth, current velocity, substrate, temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity) and can affect assemblages based on the autecology of species (Whiteside & McNatt 1972; Matthews 1998).
Much of our current understanding of the autecology and ecological role of fish populations is derived from studies of diet based on analysis of stomach contents (Windell & Bowen, 1978).
Review of Daubenmire RF, 1947, Plants and Environment: A Textbook of Plant Autecology.
These aggregations represent surface litter accumulations (mode 2 occurrence of Hebert and Calder 2004) that are consistent with the snail's detritivorous autecology (Solem and Yochelson 1979).
Only a handful of modern, quantitative studies have been conducted on the population genetics, phylogeny, biogeography, migration, community ecology, or autecology of Sabah's birds.