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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grallator system, we speculate that apostatic selection might be responsible for the similarity in color morphs between populations.
grallator and speculate that apostatic selection may be the mechanism by which the color polymorphism is maintained.
Recent studies show that conspicuousness may cause hesitation in attack by naive predators, a behavioral tendency that may favor rarer morphs (apostatic selection; Roper and Redston 1987 and references therein).