difference between inbreeding and interbreeding? (biology a level) Watch

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Hi, i'm confused on the difference between inbreeding and interbreeding? So it interbreeding when members of different species try to breed (as surely if they're different offspring they can't produce fertile offspring)? Is inbreeding just breeding between two similar (genetically) parents i.e. if the founder effect occurred and the population had a small gene pool, if indiviudals within this group bred, would this be inbreeding? google has very different and confusing definitions of each.
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Hi, i'm confused on the difference between inbreeding and interbreeding? So it interbreeding when members of different species try to breed (as surely if they're different offspring they can't produce fertile offspring)? Is inbreeding just breeding between two similar (genetically) parents i.e. if the founder effect occurred and the population had a small gene pool, if indiviudals within this group bred, would this be inbreeding? google has very different and confusing definitions of each.
Yes that's right. Inbreeding is between closely related (ie. very genetically similar) animals
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Yes that's right. Inbreeding is between closely related (ie. very genetically similar) animals
thanks. so is interbreeding just breeding between members of two different species?
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thanks. so is interbreeding just breeding between members of two different species?
Different species cannot, as a rule, produce offspring. Very closely related species sometimes can produce viable offspring, but it's usually infertile. Common examples would be a donkey-horse cross (mule/hinny) and lion/tiger (ligress/tiglion depending on parental sex).

Inbreeding is nothing to do with different species. It's to do with closely-genetically related individuals breeding. In human beings, first cousins who produce offspring are (legally) inbreeding.
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