Disruptive selection and then what?

  title={Disruptive selection and then what?},
  author={Claus Rueffler and Tom J M van Dooren and Olof Leimar and Peter A. Abrams},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={21 5},
Disruptive selection occurs when extreme phenotypes have a fitness advantage over more intermediate phenotypes. The phenomenon is particularly interesting when selection keeps a population in a disruptive regime. This can lead to increased phenotypic variation while disruptive selection itself is diminished or eliminated. Here, we review processes that increase phenotypic variation in response to disruptive selection and discuss some of the possible outcomes, such as sympatric species pairs… CONTINUE READING