Question: What are functional and reproductive adaptations?

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  2. An example of a reproductive adaptation is: animals that live on land will either lay eggs (a waterproof egg with a shell) or have their eggs fertilized internally (when the sperm enters directly into the female) because otherwise the eggs would dry out and the offspring would die. Were as animals that live in water (fish or amphibians) don’t need to have internal fertilization or lay waterproof eggs because the eggs will stay wet and will not dry out. So animals on lad have ‘adapted’ their reproductive systems to survive on land.

    An example of functional adaptation is that ducks have webbed feet so they can swim faster. Its an ‘adaptation’ to the function of swimming. Birds with long beaks are most likely to be birds who eat worms and bugs deep in the ground. They have ‘adapted’ long beaks to adapt to the function of eating worms deep in the soil.

    Hope this helps! Remember ‘Google search’ on the internet is your best friend for things like this! 🙂


  3. Simon this is a great resource on adaptation.

    There are millions of diferent types of Adaptations in animals. Humans like to group these into larger definitions:

    Reproductive adaptations are characters and behaviours that relate to finding the ‘right’ mate, reproducing and raising young. Like a peacocks great tail feathers to attract a female.

    Functional adaptions are structures an animal needs to be able to function, so a fish living in water has gills to enable it to breath and function.

    Behavioural adaptations are responses made by an animal in a situation. For example a bird doing a barrel roll to escape a hawk, or male dogs marking their territory


  4. Looks like the other scientists have given you all the information you could ever need on this topic!