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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Needless to say, we have only modeled the evolution of character divergence and not full reproductive isolation.
Thus, these two genetically replicated populations will exhibit character divergence on the basis of a difference in the environmental covariance between the two characters.
Interestingly, in a natural setting the process of reinforcement might be mimicked by nonreproductive character divergence at the zone of overlap between divergently selected populations.