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Fitness Also called adaptive value. The relative reproductive success of a genotype as measured by survival, fecundity or other life history parameters. See Darwinian fitness and natural selection.
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Genotype The term proposed by Johannsen (1909) for the hereditary constitution of an individual, or of particular nuclei within its cells.
Survival State of surviving; remaining alive; a natural process resulting in the evolution of organisms best adapted to the environment. One measure of fitness.
Fecundity Power of a species to multiply rapidly; capacity to form reproductive elements. One measure of fitness.
Darwinian fitness The relative probability of survival and reproduction for a genotype. See fitness.
Natural selection The process in nature whereby one genotype leaves more progenies than another genotype because of superior life history attributes (fitness) such as survival or fecundity.

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