BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIZATION

n. in animal behavior, refers to an adaptation to the environment and all its existing conditions. Specifically, it applies to the sourcing and storing of food, the selection of a mate, the choice of a habitat, and other reponses which make an organism more competitive. As seen in highly-endangered species, however, specialization (being specialists) tends to make the organism respond more slowly to a changing environment.

BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIZATION: "It is in the Galapagos Goup of islands where one can see a variety of species which have adapted to their environment through behavioral specialization."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIZATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/behavioral-specialization/ (accessed December 2, 2019).
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