SAT Subject Biology Practice Question 104: Answer and Explanation
14. An organism produces many offspring each reproductive season, only a few of which survive.
The survivorship curve for this organism can BEST be described as
A. closely matching curve 1
B. closely matching curve 2
C. closely matching curve 3
D. fitting between curves 1 and 2
E. fitting between curves 2 and 3
Correct Answer: C
A type III survivorship curve indicates an organism that produces many offspring, many of which do not survive over time. A type II curve represents organisms that produce several offspring, a decent proportion of which survive over time. A type I curve represents an organism that produces very few offspring, most of which survive over time.