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A property of organisms that produce fewer offspring over many reproductive efforts. This is expected when established individuals are likely to survive but with high mortality in immature animals. Iteroparous plants are more common in the tropics where competition and predation hinder seedling establishment but mature plants live for many years. Iteroparous organisms invest more in their own survival to allow for more reproductive episodes.

Contrast with semelparity.

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