Definition of assortative in English:


Syllabification: as·sort·a·tive
Pronunciation: /əˈsôrtətiv


Denoting or involving the preferential mating of animals or marrying of people with similar characteristics.
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  • Fruit flies have served as a prime model system in research on the effect of mate choice and assortative mating on speciation.
  • Mating may thus be assortative as females mate selectively with males of the same vocal background, discouraging gene migration.
  • Condition-dependent preferences will emerge in both sexes as a result and presumably will combine to make mating even more strongly assortative.

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