character displacement

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character displacement

the divergence of characteristics (see CHARACTER in sympatric species (see SYMPATRIC SPECIATION), as a result of the selective effects of competition.
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These kinds of partitioning would be the result of selection for ecological character divergence among sympatric populations (Brown & Wilson 1956; Dayan & Simberloff 2005; Davies et al.
Lande (1982) has analysed character divergence in a polygenic model of clinal speciation, without geographic isolation, by investigating the joint evolution of geographic variation in female mating preferences and male secondary sexual traits.
A list of examples of character divergence in nature is given in Taper and Case (1985: Table 1).