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Reproductive isolation

The mechanisms of reproductive isolation are a collection of evolutionary mechanisms, behaviors and physiological processes critical for speciation. They prevent members of different species from producing offspring, or ensure that any offspring are sterile. These barriers maintain the integrity of a species by reducing gene flow between related species.

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The ring-tailed lemur is a great example of reproductive isolation happening

Contributed by Erin Koren

Blue-Footed Booby- the male is doing a mating dance to attract his female. If he does not do this foot-raising dance, he has no chance of getting a mate. This is an example of the prezygotic barrier of behavioral isolation.

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