survivorship curve

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survivorship curve Graphic description of the survival of individuals in a population, from birth to the maximum age attained by any one member. Usually it is plotted as the logarithm of the number of survivors as a function of age. If a population has a constant mortality rate the graph will be a straight line. The technique may also be used to plot the survivorship of whole populations, species, genera, or higher taxa. See also COHORT.

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survivorship curve A graphical description of the survival of individuals in a population from birth to the maximum age attained by any one member. Usually it is plotted as the logarithm of the number of survivors as a function of age. If a population has a constant mortality rate, the graph will be a straight line.

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survivorship curve A graphical description of the survival of individuals in a population from birth to the maximum age attained by any one member. Usually it is plotted as the logarithm of the number of survivors as a function of age. If a population has a constant mortality rate the graph will be a straight line.

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survivorship curve A graphical description of the survival of individuals in a population from birth to the maximum age attained by any one member. Usually it is plotted as the logarithm of the number of survivors as a function of age. If a population has a constant mortality rate the graph will be a straight line.