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What will happen if 2 organisms have overlapping niches?

Essentially if two organisms have overlapping niches, they are brought into competition with each other. Two organisms cannot occupy the same niche - one has to win. So either they evolve to occupy a different niche, or one is outcompeted for the finite resource they both need and the other will become extinct in that are. This concept is covered by the competitive exclusion principle. The more the niches overlap, the more the organisms are brought into competition with each other and the more detrimental it will be to the ‘losing’ organism.

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