From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
WikiProject Ecology (Rated Start-class, High-importance)
WikiProject iconThis article is within the scope of the WikiProject Ecology, an effort to create, expand, organize, and improve ecology-related articles.
Start-Class article Start  This article has been rated as Start-Class on the quality scale.
 High  This article has been rated as High-importance on the importance scale.
WikiProject Philosophy (Rated Start-class, Mid-importance)
WikiProject iconThis article is within the scope of WikiProject Philosophy, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of content related to philosophy on Wikipedia. If you would like to support the project, please visit the project page, where you can get more details on how you can help, and where you can join the general discussion about philosophy content on Wikipedia.
Start-Class article Start  This article has been rated as Start-Class on the project's quality scale.
 Mid  This article has been rated as Mid-importance on the project's importance scale.


What is the noun for an organism that is fecund? (talk) 13:25, 9 October 2009 (UTC)

Fertility vs. Fecundity[edit]

Is it just me, or does the definition in the introduction of Fertility directly contradict that of fecundity? Is it the actual reproductive rate, or the potential reproductive rate, or something else? (talk) 01:54, 5 March 2010 (UTC)

It's not just you... wish I could tell which is correct and fix it. Autumn Wind (talk) 18:42, 15 April 2016 (UTC)
It appears fertility is potential, and fecundity is actual. But, given that I just learned this word today, I don't feel comfortable making the edit.Autumn Wind (talk) 18:50, 15 April 2016 (UTC)
Thank you for at least pointing this out here in the talk page. I went here for exactly this reason (after having seen "fertility" used to mean actual (in a demographic context). NisJørgensen (talk) 17:10, 19 June 2017 (UTC)
It seems to be a difference of terminology between biologists and demographers. Quoting from "There are differing views of demographers and biologists on these two terms that compound the misery of common people. Demographers say that fecundity is the ability to have babies and fertility is the rate at which women actually have babies. On the other hand, biologists say that capacity to produce offspring is fertility while fecundity is actual realization." I am not even sure these terminologies are universal within their respective areas, though.
Another aspect is that of language differences. Quoting from (which is within a demographic context): "It should be noted that in many Latin languages, the cognates of fertility and fecundity are used in a sense diametrically opposite to that in English. Thus, the French fécondité and the Spanish fecundidad are properly translated by fertility, and fertilité and fertilidad by fecundity.
Wikipedia articles should be about concepts, not words, so we should have one article about "capacity to reproduce" and one about "realized reproduction". We would probably need to decide on one meaning as the primary one - possibly even have both Fecundity and Fertility be disambiguation pages, pointing to Fecundity (biology), Fecundity (demographics) etc. Too much work, and possibly too much controversy, for me right now. NisJørgensen (talk) 18:44, 19 June 2017 (UTC)