The Evolution of Exuberant Visible Polymorphisms

  title={The Evolution of Exuberant Visible Polymorphisms},
  author={Daniel W. Franks and Geoff S. Oxford},
  booktitle={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
Visible genetic polymorphism is a common feature of many species. In most cases, the mechanism(s) underlying the maintenance of such variation remain obscure although apostatic selection has often been suggested. Here, we explore individual-based evolutionary models to understand what features of predator-prey relationships may lead to patterns of exuberant polymorphism similar to those observed in the wild. When all morphs are equally visible, the number of evolved morphs increases with the… 

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