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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fuliginosa is absent, as Lack pointed out in his classic case of character divergence in bill shape and habitat due to the presence of a competing species.