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16 Cards in this Set

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a group of individuals of similar age within a population
age class
numbers or percentages of individuals in each age class of a population
age structure
the maximum rate of increase of a population under ideal conditions; an exponential growth curve that includes death rates
biotic potential
the maximum number of individuals of a population that a given area or habitat can support
carrying capacity
growth which increases as a function of the size of the population (the larger the population, the greater the increase)
exponential growth
reproductive output of an individual
a complete listing of the survivorship and fecundity of a population by age class
life table
a specific environmental factor which prevents a population from achieving its biotic potential
limiting factor
growth that follows a sigmoid (s-shaped) curve in which growth is slow initially, then rapid until the carrying capacity is approached, and finally slow again as the population reaches its carrying capacity
logistic growth
death rate in a population, typically expressed as the percentage of individuals in a population that die in a given time interval
expected number of offspring of a female during her lifetime
net reproductive rate
a group of individuals of the same species in the same place at the same time
the age class which includes individuals that are no longer reproducing
the age class which individuals that have not yet achieved sexual maturity
the age class which includes sexually-mature individuals that are reproducing
a graph of the number of surviving individuals in a population as a function of age
survivorship curve