character displacement


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character displacement

[′kar·ik·tər dis′plās·mənt]
(ecology)
An outcome of competition in which two species living in the same area have evolved differences in morphology or other characteristics that lessen competition for food resources.
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That quirk achieved textbook status as the only documented example of the theory of convergent character displacement, explain Robert J.
Character displacement relates to the fact that where two species co-occur in geographic regions, they differ more than in locations where they do not co-occur.
Significant variation in body shape along/within zones of preparatory and sympatry have recently shown that important patterns in body shape are generated due to processes such as character displacement and reinforcement (3).