opportunistic species

opportunistic species

[¦äp·ər‚tü¦nis·tik ′spē·shēz]
(ecology)
Species characterized by high reproduction rates, rapid development, early reproduction, small body size, and uncertain adult survival.
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Ever since it was built some 145 years ago, the Suez Canal has acted as a corridor for the invasion of foreign species into the Mediterranean, Galil explained: As aggressive, opportunistic species arrive in the Mediterranean, they quickly spread without natural enemies such as parasites or predators to check them.
A statistically significant correlation was found between the proportion of opportunistic species (calculated based on biomass data) and the concentrations of total nitrogen and Chl a.
The decline in habitat quality for wildlife due to landscape fragmentation and the colonisation of opportunistic species has also reduced wildlife populations.
A random trawl through your spam filter will likely turn up some samples of this opportunistic species of spam.
The parasite, Lernaea cyprinacea is an opportunistic species infecting fish of many families including amphibians [22,13 Trilles and Hipaeu Jacquotte, 1996; Raibut, 1996).
Only obligate army ant-following birds checked bivouacs in lowland neotropical forests, even at sites with opportunistic species that frequently attended raids (Swartz 2001, Chaves-Campos 2003).
Less than 10 years after the disaster, the scientists could identify trails and nests made by Tapinoma nigerrima, an aggressive and opportunistic species of ant.
As you bulldoze land, you destroy habitat, but you also allow for opportunistic species to swoop in and take advantage of the local conditions.
Loss of intertidal and shoreline vegetation and contamination of invertebrates cause long-term damage as well, including loss of food and shelter, and invasions of opportunistic species such as barnacles.
Over long time periods, even deforested or burned areas recover as opportunistic species settle and prosper.
sebiferum is an opportunistic species whose superior dispersal capability and affinity for disturbed and fragmented habitats allows it to colonize unoccupied terrain successfully.
In general, the regions that have a high proportion of mobile and opportunistic species are more resistant to eutrophication compared to regions characterized by perennial, long-living, and sessile species.
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