Definition of autecology in English:



(also autoecology)
  • The ecological study of an individual organism, or sometimes a particular species.

    Contrasted with synecology

    ‘It is obvious that a single data point may not be representative of the overall autecology of this species.’
    • ‘However, little is known of the biology and autecology of Clitoria.’
    • ‘Of these five species of woodland winter annuals, only C. verna has received much attention with regard to autecology.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, given the high similarity in the autecology of these two species, historical factors must have played a big role in shaping their ecology and geographical distribution.’
    • ‘It seems unlikely that any of these aspects of their autecology accounts for differences between them either in geographical distribution or habitat ecology.’



/ˌôdəˈkäləjē/ /ˌɔdəˈkɑlədʒi/