Reproductive Isolation, Prezygotic

M. G. Ritchie*

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Prezygotic isolation is one of the major forms of reproductive isolation which appears between developing species. Here the causes of prezygotic isolation in sexual species are described in detail. We need more comparative studies making controlled comparisons of types of reproductive isolation between species showing a wide range of levels of divergence to assess the relative importance of these different forms of reproductive isolation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128004265
ISBN (Print)9780128000496
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2016


  • Allochronic isolation
  • Assortative mating
  • Gametic isolation
  • Mechanical isolation
  • Pollinator isolation
  • Prezygotic isolation
  • Reinforcement
  • Reproductive character displacement
  • Sexual isolation
  • Sexual selection


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