Campbell Biology (10th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0321775651
ISBN 13: 978-0-32177-565-8

Chapter 23 - 23.4 - Concept Check: 1

Answer

Since relative fitness depends on relative contribution to the next generation, a sterile (cannot reproduce) mule will contribute nothing and have zero for relative fitness.

Work Step by Step

Review the concept of relative fitness as described in the textbook, and then see that sterility = no offspring/input into the next generation. Plug that into the definition, and it leads to a relative fitness of zero. The rest of the population, which would be the asses and horses nearby, would be able to reproduce.
Update this answer!

You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this answer.

Update this answer

After you claim an answer you’ll have 24 hours to send in a draft. An editor will review the submission and either publish your submission or provide feedback.