Definition of conspecific in US English:

conspecific

adjective

Biology
  • (of animals or plants) belonging to the same species.

    • ‘There are increasing concerns about the risks of gene flow from transgenic cultivars to conspecific weeds.’
    • ‘However, conspecific trees at different sites may differ in the pattern of growth rate with age.’
    • ‘When predators are omnivorous, prey may avoid predators that have fed on conspecific prey, but they may lack such a response if these same predators have consumed other food sources.’
    • ‘The model considers a group of conspecific animals searching for food simultaneously.’
    • ‘Females captured ovipositing exhibited the same choice when they were subjected to preference tests, regardless of whether the discriminations were made among conspecific plants or heterospecific plants.’

noun

usually conspecifics
Biology
  • A member of the same species.

    ‘the rabbit was isolated from male conspecifics’
    • ‘The size of a pair's territory and the extent to which they defend it from conspecifics depends on the species and the habitats.’
    • ‘Similarly, the population must be effectively isolated from wintering conspecifics.’
    • ‘Their large eyes probably help them locate conspecifics and aid in visual communication, if any exists.’
    • ‘Thus, in this unsworded species, neither females nor males appear to prefer conspecifics of the other sex with swords to those with clear attachments.’
    • ‘Relatively little is known of P. spathula behavior towards conspecifics or members of different species.’

Pronunciation

conspecific

/ˌkänspəˈsifik//ˌkɑnspəˈsɪfɪk/