What is r selection?
r selection is a method of rearing offspring with an emphasis on high growth rate and population increase
(explanation shows comparison to K selection)
r and K selection refer to the selection of the combination of traits in an organism relating to how they rear their offspring.
emphasis on high growth rate and population increase
can reproduce quickly
less parental care
less time until sexual maturity
(e.g. bacteria, insects, rodents)
emphasis on staying in carrying capacity- the maximum population size of a species that an environment can sustain indefinitely
long parental care
long period until sexual maturity
(e.g. elephants, humans, whales)