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assortative mating


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  • noun psychology, genetics Between males and females of a species, the mutual attraction or selection, for reproductive purposes, of individuals with similar characteristics.

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  • noun mating of individuals having more traits in common than likely in random mating


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  • "The tendency of like to mate with like. Mating can be assortative for a certain genotype (e.g., individuals with genotype AA tend to mate with other individuals of genotype AA) or phenotype (e.g., tall individuals mate with other tall individuals)."

    - SNPA

    March 21, 2009