sympatric

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sympatric

(sĭm-păt′rĭk)
adj.
1. Occupying the same or overlapping geographic areas. Used of organisms, especially populations of the same or closely related species.
2. Occurring among populations having such a distribution: sympatric speciation.

sym·pat′ri·cal·ly adv.
sym′pat·ry (sĭm′păt′rē, -pə-trē) n.

sympatric

(of a population of organisms) occurring together in the same geographical area. The term is used to describe the geographical distribution of organisms which either coincide or overlap. Compare ALLOPATRIC.