- Reproductive success
Reproductive success is defined as the passing of
genes onto the next generationin a way that they too can pass those genes on. In practice, this is often a tally of the number of offspring produced by an individual. A more correct definition, which incorporates inclusive fitness, is the relative production of fertile offspring by a genotype. For example, the offspringproduced as a result of normal matingare an example of reproductive success, because they too can pass their genetic material on to the next generation. Alternatively, the birth of a muleas a result of the mating of a horseand a donkeyis not an example of reproductive success because the mule is sterile and thus not able to continue the germ line.
Reproductive success is part of the calculation for fitness and a key element in the theories of
natural selectionand evolution.
T. H. Clutton-Brock(editor). (1990) "Reproductive Success : Studies of Individual Variation in Contrasting Breeding Systems" University Of Chicago Press.
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