noun, plural: ecoclines
A sequence of inter-ranking structure formed within a group between two distinct environments wherein the border line takesgradual and dynamic changes nurturing varied stable communities in a geographical area.
Genetically, ecocline is the product of alteration of allele frequencies within the gene pool of the group of taxa that are evident through time and space.
The presence of polymorphisms in clover is a good example of an ecocline across Europe. This variety of plants generates two alleles one will produce cyanogenic glucoside and the other discharge enzymes, alysosomes that breaks down glucoside to create free cyanide. Investigation of these plants showed that those happened to produce cyanide found primarily in south and west Europe while those do not release cyanide found mostly in north-east of Europe.
Whether deviation in the population patterns forms ecocline ,ecotypes and non-directional mosaic distributions will depend on how spaced out a populations are from each other and the quantity of genetic exchange among populations features environmental distributions towards the degree of natural selection acting on individuals.