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Endemism

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What is ENDEMISM? What does ENDEMISM mean? ENDEMISM meaning, definition & explanation

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Geography of Endemism

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Endemism

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Endemism

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Endemism in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Endemism is the ecological state of a species being unique to a defined geographic location, such as an island, nation, country or other defined zone, or habitat type; organisms that are indigenous to a place are not endemic to it if they are also found elsewhere. The extreme opposite of endemism is cosmopolitan distribution. An alternative term for a species that is endemic is precinctive, which applies to species that are restricted to a defined geographical area.
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