canalized character

canalized character

[¦kan·ə‚līzd ′kar·ik·tər]
(genetics)
A trait whose variability is restricted within narrow boundaries even when individual members of the species are subjected to enhanced environmental pressures or mutations.
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Strongly canalized characters will be invariable despite both environmental and genetic variation (Waddington 1966; Levinton 1988).