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In biology, co-adaptation, or coadaptation refers to the mutual adaptation of:

These are types of evolutionary adaptations because they involve cross-generational changes in the genetic compositions of populations in response to natural selection for the mutual benefit of both parties as they develop and corroborate their mutually beneficial relationship.

Examples of coevolution[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Huey, R. B., and A. F. Bennett. 1987. Phylogenetic studies of coadaptation: preferred temperatures versus optimal performance temperatures of lizards. Evolution 41:1098–1115.
  2. ^ Garland, T., Jr., T. 1999. Laboratory endurance capacity predicts variation in field locomotor behaviour among lizard species. Animal Behaviour 57:77–83.
  3. ^ Angilletta Jr, M. J., A. F. Bennett, H. Guderley, C. A. Navas, F. Seebacher, and R. S. Wilson. 2006. Coadaptation: a unifying principle in evolutionary thermal biology. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 79:282–294.

External links[edit]

MICHAEL ALLABY. "co-adaptation." A Dictionary of Plant Sciences. 1998. 17 Feb. 2016 <>.