The Evolution of Phenotypic Polymorphism: Randomized Strategies versus Evolutionary Branching

@article{Leimar2005TheEO,
  title={The Evolution of Phenotypic Polymorphism: Randomized Strategies versus Evolutionary Branching},
  author={Olof Leimar},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={2005},
  volume={165},
  pages={669 - 681}
}
  • O. Leimar
  • Published 7 April 2005
  • Biology
  • The American Naturalist
A population is polymorphic when its members fall into two or more categories, referred to as alternative phenotypes. There are many kinds of phenotypic polymorphisms, with specialization in reproduction, feeding, dispersal, or protection from predators. An individual’s phenotype might be randomly assigned during development, genetically determined, or set by environmental cues. These three possibilities correspond to a mixed strategy of development, a genetic polymorphism, and a conditional… 

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