Animal Diversity 7th Edition

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 0073524255
ISBN 13: 978-0-07352-425-2

Chapter 2 - Review Questions: 9

Answer

Character displacement is when species that coexist develop different physical characteristics to engage in resource partitioning; or, in other words, coexisting species develop unique traits to prevent competition for various limited resources. For example, Darwin's finches developed different beaks according to what they ate; some had needle like beaks for bugs, some had thick beaks for seeds, etc.

Work Step by Step

Character displacement prevents resource competition among coexisting species.
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