apostatic selection


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apostatic selection

[¦ap·ə¦stad·ik sə′lek·shən]
(ecology)
Predation on the most abundant forms in a population, leading to balanced distribution of a variety of forms.
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They may operate differentially on the colormorphs by mechanisms like differential metabolism, crypsis, apostatic selection, feather strength and thermal properties, and possibly hormonal response, immunocompetence, and reproductive strategy.