1. A group of 32 yellow baboons (Papio cynocephalus) in the Masai-Amboseli National Park, Kenya, caught and ate 45 vertebrate prey items during 2519.19 hours of observation. 2. Eighty percent of the prey items were mammals and the most frequently eaten species were African hares (Lepus capensis), vervet monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops) and neonate gazelle (Cazella granti and G. thomsoni) in that order. The details of predatory behavior for each prey species are described. 3. Rates of predation were significantly higher during the long dry season than during other months of the year, although no correlation was found between total monthly rainfall and monthly rates of predation. A lognormal model however provided a good fit to the monthly rate of predation data suggesting that the rate of predation by Amboseli baboons was affected by several factors that acted multiplicatively with respect to each other and were themselves related to rainfall or dryness. 4. A mean of 2.3 individuals fed directly from the
Predatory behavior in wild chimpanzees and other primates has been well documented over the last 30 years. However, as it is an opportunistic behavior, conditions which may promote such behavior are left up to chance. Until now, predatory behavior among captive chimpanzees has been poorly documented. In this paper, we present five instances providing evidence of predatory behavior: four performed by isolated individuals and one carried out in cooperation. The evidence of group predation involved the chimpanzees adopting different roles as pursuers and ambushers. Prey was partially eaten in some cases, but not in the social episode. This study confirms that naturalistic environments allow chimpanzees to enhance species-typical behavioral patterns.
Food web complexity is thought to weaken the strength of terrestrial trophic cascades1,2,3 in which strong impacts of natural enemies on herbivores cascade to influence primary production indirectly4. Predator diversity can enhance food web complexity because predators may feed on each other and on shared prey5,6,7. In such cases, theory suggests that the impact of predation on herbivores relaxes and cascading effects on basal resources are dampened8,9. Despite this view, no empirical studies have explicitly investigated the role of predator diversity in mediating primary productivity in a natural terrestrial system10,11. Here we compare, in a coastal marsh community, impacts of arthropod predators on herbivores and plant productivity between a simple food web with a single predator species and a complex food web with a diverse predator assemblage. We show that enhancing predator diversity dampens enemy effects on herbivores and weakens trophic cascades. Consequently, changes in diversity at higher
This article describes a new technique used by ants ( Azteca cf. lanuginosa) in the Brazilian Cerrado to capture large mobile insects. Large numbers of ants position themselves along a leaf margin in
I have been twice on veterinary safaris to East Africa. There one will see lounging prides of lions, a short distance from grazing herds of zebra, a close relative of the horse.. As long as the lions are resting quietly, the zebra, always aware of the lions presence, do not flee.. But, if a lion arises and stretches, the zebra focuses on it. If the lion then casually moves away from the zebra, they go back to grazing.. If, however, the lion crouches, becomes motionless and stares at the zebra, they immediately prepare to flee.. I noted, long ago, that when stallions want to propel their range herd of mares and youngsters into flight, they assume a predatory stance. They lower their heads, crouch, and fix their eyes upon their quarry. This motivates the herd into flight away from the predatory behavior even though that behavior is being displayed by a fellow prey animal - a horse.. Thus I learned that horses do not fear predators. They fear predatory behavior, the stalk and the charge. So ...
I have been twice on veterinary safaris to East Africa. There one will see lounging prides of lions, a short distance from grazing herds of zebra, a close relative of the horse.. As long as the lions are resting quietly, the zebra, always aware of the lions presence, do not flee.. But, if a lion arises and stretches, the zebra focuses on it. If the lion then casually moves away from the zebra, they go back to grazing.. If, however, the lion crouches, becomes motionless and stares at the zebra, they immediately prepare to flee.. I noted, long ago, that when stallions want to propel their range herd of mares and youngsters into flight, they assume a predatory stance. They lower their heads, crouch, and fix their eyes upon their quarry. This motivates the herd into flight away from the predatory behavior even though that behavior is being displayed by a fellow prey animal - a horse.. Thus I learned that horses do not fear predators. They fear predatory behavior, the stalk and the charge. So ...
The use of natural organic extract instead of synthetic chemicals in harvesting wild fish and eliminating unwanted aquatic biota is popular in Nigeria. This research, th..
Play media Ambush predators or sit-and-wait predators are carnivorous animals or other organisms, such as some nematophagous fungi and carnivorous plants, that capture or trap prey by stealth or by strategy (typically not conscious strategy), rather than by speed or by strength. In animals, ambush predation is characterized by an animal scanning the environment from a concealed position and then rapidly executing a surprise attack. Animal ambush predators usually remain motionless (sometimes hidden) and wait for prey to come within ambush distance before pouncing. Ambush predators are often camouflaged, and may be solitary animals. This mode of predation may be less risky for the predator because lying-in-wait reduces exposure to its own predators. So long as the active predator cannot move faster than its prey, it has little advantage over the ambush predator; however, if the active predators velocity increases, its advantage increases sharply. Ambush predators use many intermediate ...
The domestic cat (Felis domesticus) is an introduced or alien species to Ireland. Examinations of the domestic cat and its impacts on Irish fauna have been relatively scarce to date. A survey was conducted on the predation rates of domestic cats across urban and rural landscapes over a period of three summer months. Results show that rural cats predate more than three times on average than their urban counterparts and that the black and white coat colour is significantly correlated with predation (P,0.95, 1df, 0.03). An attempt was made to estimate the role of diet quality, by way of protein content, in the predation rates of cats. The quality of the diet appeared to have some effect on predation rates but the results were not statistically significant. The age of each cat was examined to test for durability of predatory habits and indicated that predation rates were highest in the first four years but declined soon after this age. Comparison of the prey types recorded in this survey were ...
Predator-prey interactions: lecture content. Predator-prey interactions often dramatic, illustrated by snowshoe hare-lynx population fluctuations Simple Lotka-Volterra predator-prey model generates fluctuations of prey, predator Slideshow 4237377 by amish
In November 2006, American explorer and diver Scott Cassell led an expedition to the Gulf of California with the aim of filming a giant squid in its natural habitat. The team employed a novel filming method: using a Humboldt squid carrying a specially designed camera clipped to its fin. The camera-bearing squid caught on film what was claimed to be a giant squid, with an estimated length of 40 feet (12 m), engaging in predatory behavior.[49][50] The footage aired a year later on a History Channel program, MonsterQuest: Giant Squid Found.[50] Cassell subsequently distanced himself from this documentary, claiming that it contained multiple factual and scientific errors.[51] On 4 December 2006, an adult giant squid was caught on video near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 mi) south of Tokyo, by researchers from the National Science Museum of Japan led by Tsunemi Kubodera. It was a small female about 3.5 m (11 ft) long and weighing 50 kg (110 lb). The bait used by the scientists initially ...
While research on the neural basis for salticid behaviour is in its infancy, we do have some evidence for homologous processing compared with other taxa. For example, the orientation response of Servaea vestita is very selective to stimuli of certain sizes, with very small stimuli essentially ignored (despite being detected; D. B. Zurek and X.J.N., submitted). Furthermore, these responses are relatively velocity invariant, as found in the tectal neurons of frogs (see Ewert, 2004), although at optimal sizes (between 2 and 4 deg), there does appear to be an optimal not too fast speed (Zurek et al., 2010). This suggests that salticids, which have limited neural capacity in their minute brains, adopt mechanisms similar to those that have been found in several other groups, including toads and mantises (Ewert, 2004; Kral and Prete, 2004). The basic premise behind these mechanisms is that predators are able to recognise and respond with predatory behaviour to a particular class of objects - ...
University of Zurich. 252 million years ago the largest extinction event occurred at the end of the Permian age. It wiped out almost 90 percent of all life in water. So far researchers had assumed that the ecosystems gradually recovered from this catastrophe over a long stretch of eight to nine million years and that large predators at the uppermost end of the food chain were the last to reappear. A Swiss-American team of palaeontologists headed by Torsten Scheyer and Carlo Romano from the University of Zurich demonstrate in their new study that the food nets during the Early Triassic did not recover in stages. Large predators like, for instance, crocodile-like amphibians and later the precursors of the known plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs went in search of prey in the oceans soon after the end of the mass extinction.. Large predators in on the action from the very start. Apex predators - large predators at the uppermost end of the food chain - are extremely important for the health and stability ...
but their activity seems influences by lunar phases. They occupy underground burrows when inactive which they plug for moisture retention and temperature regulation. They also dig small retreat burrows when away from their nest burrow. They may store seeds. They usually occur at relatively low densities, but may become a controlling factor for prey items. Their predatory behavior is well known. They are active predators killing prey as formidable as scorpions. They kill other rodents by gripping them with their long, front claws and biting the prey. They appear to be territorial and actually mark their territory with scent glands. They also emit shrill whistles that seem to function in advertising their presence, much like larger predators like coyotes. They are aggressive toward others of their species, which may be associated with their territorial behavior. They maintain an unusually large home range (or territory) for a small mammals; up to 5.8 acres (2.3 ha). Reproduction: ...
The trophic niche width and feeding strategy (FS) of juvenile European hake were studied during three trawl surveys in two different areas of the Mediterranean Sea. Both of these aspects of trophic behaviour were analysed as function of different biotic and abiotic factors. Prey were grouped by factors such as size, swimming behaviour and energy density. The trophic niche breadth values observed (2.25-2.89) were very similar regardless of the geographic area (geomorphology) and season. The FSs analysed were also quite similar regardless of the geographic area (geomorphology) and season, or predation environment (bottom or water column). Conversely, the FSs were linked with predator size. Increased predator size allowed changes in predatory behaviour through the development of preferences for larger and more energy-rich prey. The changes in FS from generalist to specialist began at a total length (TL) of approximately 12. cm in both populations analysed. At larger sizes, the juveniles of both ...
Predation has long been thought about in the context of predators consuming prey. Many observational and lab studies have focused on the effects a predator has on a prey population due to the consumption of that prey, but recently it has come to light that predators can affect prey populations, as well as the ecosystems they reside, in ways other than through direct consumption [165]. These non consumptive effects can be trait mediated, effects due to changes in traits of predator/prey populations, or trophic cascade, where the interactions between two species indirectly effects a third species. Examples of trait mediated effects would be the development of defensive strategies that confer various fitness costs to prey when in the presence of predators. An example of a trophic cascade would be increased vegetation in an ecosystem due to the presence of a predator altering the foraging behavior of an herbivore [166][167]. Many examples of non consumptive effects of predators can be found in the ...
Predation can result in the development of anti-predation strategies by prey populations. Consequently, predator populations develop their own strategies to overcome prey defenses. This phenomenon, known as the red-queen theory, plays an important role in evolution and predator-prey interactions. Prey defenses can be divided into several different categories. Many organisms utilize chemical defenses in the form of toxic or noxious secretions that cause them to taste or smell bad. Most of these organisms exhibit aposematic coloring patterns, which means that they are characterized by distinct markings or bright colorings that signal to the predator that they are toxic and non-palatable (unpleasant tasting). Due to the success of aposematic organisms, organisms that are not noxious, and therefore vulnerable to predation, may exhibit similar coloring patterns to aposematic organisms, in order to falsely repel their predators. This is another type of defense called Batesian mimicry. Batesian mimicry ...
In this paper, we argue that understanding marine ecosystem functioning requires a thorough appreciation of the role of intraguild predation to system dynamics. The theoretical predictions of intraguild predation models might explain some of the community features observed in marine ecosystems such as low diversity in upwelling and productive systems and species alternation in response to moderate external forcing. Finally, we argue that an ecosystem approach to fisheries requires that the size-structure of fish populations should be taken into account and that it is extremely important to account for the predators of early stages (eggs and larvae) to gain a thorough understanding of the key interactions between species ...
Thompson is the first person (I know of) to say this straight out - its not about sex. Its about power. I find that interesting because Second Wave feminism has forever, and accurately, said that rape is not about sex its about power. Youd think the media would be more tuned in to this.. A sex addict is someone who is so obsessed with sex that he or she ceases to function in all other ways. The persons marriage or other close relationships collapse, the person is unable to earn a living, and the person starts getting some very nasty physical consequences. In other words, sex addiction is like drug or alcohol addiction. Anthony Weiner illustrates this principle well. He could not stop himself, long after his problem destroyed every aspect of his life. Thats an addiction.. Weinsteins power plays against women did not cause him to suffer from any of the downsides associated with addiction. He could have kept his predatory behavior going indefinitely but for the fact that (a) his movies are ...
Invasive species pose a severe threat to native ecosystems and represent the second cause of biodiversity loss on global scale after habitat destruction. In particular, invasive predators are major drivers of rapid population declines and local extinctions in native prey. During biotic invasions, native prey become abruptly exposed to novel predators with which they share no history of coevolution. Thus, the lack of common evolutionary history often hampers prey effective response to the novel predation pressures; native prey can both fail to recognise predators as a threat and exhibit anti-predator strategies that are inadequate. Nonetheless, mechanisms such as rapid adaptation and phenotypic plasticity can allow prey to cope with new selective pressures and drive evolutionary changes that can help native species withstanding invasive ones. Due to their relative ecological isolation, freshwater ecosystems are particularly sensitive to invasive species impacts and likewise are most of the ...
Taking inspiration from the biological world, in our work we are attempting to create and examine artificial predator-prey relationships using two LEGO robots. We do so to explore the possible adaptive value of emotion-like states for action selection in this context. However, we also aim to study and consider these concepts together at different levels of abstraction. For example, in terms of individual agents brain-body-environment interactions, as well as the (emergent) predator-prey relationships resulting from these. Here, we discuss some of the background concepts and motivations driving the design of our implementation and experiments. First, we explain why we think the predator-prey relationship is so interesting. Narrowing our focus to emotion-based architectures, this is followed by a review of existing literature, comparing different types and highlighting the novel aspects of our own. We conclude with our proposed contributions to the literature and thus, ultimately, the design and ...
Puppy and dog play, just like all social predatory animals consists of practice predatory behavior and practice fight behavior.. More relaxed body and face postures, as well as the relative restraint during bites, mark the difference between the play and the mature forms of aggression.. Play aggression is used to teach young working dogs techniques before transferring over to more realistic training.. Play aggression can also cause a nuisance and even injury to pet owners and children if not channeled and managed properly. Nonetheless, it is handled differently and should not be confused with any of the mature forms. ...
Stories of sexting, sex tapes, online dating gone wrong and cyberbullying are all over social media and the news. However, these stories only begin to scratch the surface of online - or technology-facilitated - gender-based violence (GBV). With a wide range of online predatory behaviors essentially falling under one label, how do we define it? How can we begin to tackle the problem if we cant grasp the full breadth of the problem?. The World Bank Group and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) has engaged the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) to develop a way to measure technology-facilitated GBV on a global scale. To do this, our team is in the beginning stages of developing a conceptual framework. The reasoning behind this initiative is that, in order to tackle a problem like online violence, we must first get to the root of the problem by understanding the many ways online violence manifests itself. As researchers, defining the problem provides us with the insights ...
As animal lovers, the loss of our pet is something we dread. Tibetan Buddhist insights and practices can do a lot, however, to transform the way we experience this event - and, far more importantly, how our pet experiences it.. A major shift occurs when we view what is happening from the perspective of our pets spiritual journey, rather than from our own understandable wish to cling to our beloved friend forever. As animal lovers it is a joy, as well as our responsibility, to help our pets onto a happy mental trajectory in life. And, given the importance of death as a time of transition, one of the greatest blessings we can give them is a peaceful and positive death.. BEFORE DEATH. When our pets are in good health, the best thing we can do for them is to help them avoid creating negative karma. It is difficult to give generic advice about how, for example, to curb a cats instinctive predatory behaviour except by making sure the cat is well fed, content and, if necessary, entertained. It is up ...
The men and women who have served or are serving in the united states military are a special group of people. They are those that have chosen to serve our country and a purpose that is larger than themselves. For their service, they are afforded special considerations as a way of thanking them for their service.. NJ camps board is asked to resign for ignoring directors predatory behavior investigation finds many knew of abuse by former executive director Leonard Robinson, who is accused of 11 cases.. Jay Grossman, L.A.s Celebrity Dentist, Reveals New AirPlanePockets Invention, a Travel Essential Moolenaar to host veterans Worse prostate cancer outcomes With 5-Alpha-Reductase Inhibitors Prevention of prostate cancer with 5-alpha reductase inhibitors. men with congenital deficiency of 5AR have low levels of DHT, a diminutive prostate, and complete lack of prostatic glandular epithelium (Imperato-McGinley et al 1974,Imperato-McGinley et al 1992) and are notable for a lack of reported cases of ...
This form of arousal is usually frustration-based when goal-directed actions are thwarted. . . . The RAGE system is associated with only one of them: so-called hot aggression. The cold type of aggression, associated mainly with predatory behavior, has little to do with feelings of anger or rage: rather, [rage or hot aggression] has to do with appetitive seeking and is therefore driven by the dopaminergic system described above. (Underlining substitutes for Solms italics in the original.) This was my father, my brother, and my husband: hot-heads who expected much of themselves -- more than they could deliver -- in part because the family expected (sometimes demanded) a lot from them. After their brain damage they were always a bit disabled in their ability to think and perform. They couldnt understand why. They became frustrated and the energy exploded. (My father stopped when we kids became too old to spank. My husband stopped as a result of his second divorce. But then the same forces ...
A delayed periodic predator-prey model with stage structure for predator is proposed. It is assumed that immature individuals and mature individuals of the predator are divided by a fixed age, and that immature predators do not have the ability to attack prey. Sufficient conditions are derived for the existence, uniqueness and global asymptotic stability of positive periodic solutions of the model. Numerical simulations are presented to illustrate the feasibility of our main results ...
Downloadable! Predator-prey relationships account for an important part of all interactions between species. In this paper we provide a microfoundation for such predator-prey relations in a food chain. Basic entities of our analysis are representative organisms of species modelled similar to economic households. With prices as indicators of scarcity, organisms are assumed to behave as if they maximize their net biomass subject to constraints which express the organisms‘ risk of being preyed upon during predation. Like consumers, organisms face a ‘budget constraint‘ requiring their expenditure on prey biomass not to exceed their revenue from supplying own biomass. Short-run ecosystem equilibria are defined and derived. The net biomass acquired by the representative organism in the short term determines the positive or negative population growth. Moving short-run equilibria constitute the dynamics of the predator-prey relations that are characterized in numerical analysis. The population
According to the theory of predator-prey interactions, the relationship between herbivores and plants is cyclic.[40] When prey (plants) are numerous their predators (herbivores) increase in numbers, reducing the prey population, which in turn causes predator number to decline.[41] The prey population eventually recovers, starting a new cycle. This suggests that the population of the herbivore fluctuates around the carrying capacity of the food source, in this case the plant. Several factors play into these fluctuating populations and help stabilize predator-prey dynamics. For example, spatial heterogeneity is maintained, which means there will always be pockets of plants not found by herbivores. This stabilizing dynamic plays an especially important role for specialist herbivores that feed on one species of plant and prevents these specialists from wiping out their food source.[42] Prey defenses also help stabilize predator-prey dynamics, and for more information on these relationships see the ...
According to the theory of predator-prey interactions, the relationship between herbivores and plants is cyclic.[39] When prey (plants) are numerous their predators (herbivores) increase in numbers, reducing the prey population, which in turn causes predator number to decline.[40] The prey population eventually recovers, starting a new cycle. This suggests that the population of the herbivore fluctuates around the carrying capacity of the food source, in this case the plant.. Several factors play into these fluctuating populations and help stabilize predator-prey dynamics. For example, spatial heterogeneity is maintained, which means there will always be pockets of plants not found by herbivores. This stabilizing dynamic plays an especially important role for specialist herbivores that feed on one species of plant and prevents these specialists from wiping out their food source.[41] Prey defenses also help stabilize predator-prey dynamics, and for more information on these relationships see the ...
There is a paucity of ethological studies reporting the fleeing behaviour of prey under persistent attacks by their natural enemies, in contrast with the well-studied case of a single attack, followed by escape [14]. In fact, the number of predator-prey interactions with a rapid sequence of repeated attacks on the same prey by the same predator abound in nature, and older literature provides lengthy descriptions of such interactions, from pompilid wasps pursuing spiders to falcons attacking passerine prey (see Fabres description in [4] for the first case and [15] for the second case). These descriptions often lack crucial information to formalize them as repeated games, and are not quantified. In the following, we first report the findings of a few studies, conducted mainly with lizards [16] and grasshoppers [17] as prey and humans as predators. We then describe one biological interaction in more detail. We use this example to formalize the backbone of our theoretical study and describe in less ...
Our understanding of the dynamics of predator-prey systems has relied heavily on the use of models based on the standard Lotka-Volterra (LV) framework, dating back over 80 years. Although these models have been repeatedly analysed and refined since their initial inception, the way they describe the predators growth rate has received surprisingly little attention; typically it is simply assumed that the predators growth rate is linearly related to its ingestion rate according to a constant assimilation efficiency, e. However, for many consumers e is known to decrease at high prey densities. Models that ignore variable assimilation efficiencies overlook potentially important non-linearities, affecting the validity of predictions relating to conservation, invasion biology and pest control. Directly quantifying the relationship between e and prey abundance is, however, difficult. An alternative approach (the independent-response, IR, approach) is to not assume any direct link between the ...
|p style=text-indent:20px;|A non-constant eco-epidemiological model with SIS-type infectious disease in prey is formulated and investigated, it is assumed that the disease is endemic in prey before the invasion of predator and that predation is more likely on infected prey than on the uninfected. Sufficient conditions for both permanence and extinction of the infected prey, and the necessary conditions for the permanence of the infected prey are established. It is shown that the predation preference to infected prey may even increase the possibility of disease endemic, and that the introduction of new resource for predator could be helpful for it to eradicate the infected prey. Numerical simulations have been performed to verify/extend our analytical results.|/p|
In Chapter 4 we learned how plants and herbivores can influence each others abundance, distribution and evolution. Here we consider another important inter trophic level relationship that can have widespread ecological and evolutionary effects on biological communities, the interaction between prey and their predators. In an ecological sense, predators can dramatically affect the abundance and distribution of their prey populations, and reciprocal effects of prey on their predators are also inevitable, as prey are obviously an important food source for predators. Likewise, the diverse feeding habits of predators form linkages that are responsible for the flow of energy through food webs. Predation can also be a powerful evolutionary force with natural selection favoring more effective predators and less vulnerable prey. Thus, it is imperative that we understand the process of predation and its complex effects on species interactions, and population and community dynamics. In the sections that ...
Mosquito-borne diseases, such as the Zika virus, Malaria, Dengue fever and Yellow fever, could be controlled if Rio put a higher value on preserving wetlands, says Nicholas Locke, President of World Land Trusts Brazilian partner Reserva Ecológica de Guapiaçu (REGUA).. Health concerns have been escalating in the run up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, with athletes pulling out in response to warnings of water and mosquito-borne diseases. WLT asked REGUA president Nicholas Locke for comment.. The recent public health scare in the form of Dengue and Zika outbreaks in Rio de Janeiro comes as a direct result of humans altering the natural world. In spite of creating one of largest planted urban parks in the world, the Tijuca National Park, the city of Rio virtually concreted and tarmacked all of its lowlands.. As a result there is no habitat for the natural predators of mosquitoes, which breed successfully in accumulated run off water, thrive without predators and transmit these diseases. ...
Learning is important to consider in all manner of species interactions, including mutualism, competition, predation, and parasitism. In all cases, learning by one species in the interaction has the potential to shape the evolution of traits in the other species. For example, learning by predator species is thought to have played a role in the evolution of warning coloration in potential prey species. Warning coloration is coloration that serves to advertise the noxiousness of potential prey, to the mutual benefit of both prey and predator. It is typically highly conspicuous. One advantage of conspicuous coloration is that it is easier for the predator to detect from a distance. However, conspicuous coloration has two additional advantages. It is learned faster by predators and remembered longer, effects which should favor the evolution of conspicuous coloration.. A preys conspicuous coloration and a predators propensity to learn conspicuous colors could evolve in tandem, a prediction that ...
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It is now clear that exposure to predators or predator cues can have sustained effects that extend to affecting birth and survival in free-living animals (Preisser, Bolnick & Benard 2005; Zanette et al. 2011). In this section, we describe those field studies that have (i) documented physiological stress effects, in the context of (ii) also demonstrating predator risk effects on demography. To our knowledge, only two experiments (Sheriff, Krebs & Boonstra 2009; Travers et al. 2010) have measured effects on stress physiology in relation to predator-induced changes in the birth rate - neither of which can be considered definitive; and we are not aware of any field experiment on free-living animals that has manipulated predator risk and demonstrated an effect on both (i) stress physiology and (ii) mortality not due to direct predation (see also Hawlena & Schmitz 2010b). Although the studies described in this section suggest that predator-induced stress can affect the demography of free-living ...
Many important questions in ecology and immunology involve dynamical systems with multiple stable states. We present a simple example of intra-guild predation which exhibits a variety of bi- and tri-stabilities. Intra-guild systems can be viewed as a coupling of two predator-prey systems by allowing one predator to additionally prey on the other. The two predators and the resource can coexist in equilibrium, in periodic solutions, and in chaotic solutions. One basic model of intra-guild predation is the system \begin{eqnarray*} R(t) &=&rR(t)\left(1-\frac{R(t)}{K}\right)-c_{1}R(t)N(t)-c_{2}R(t)P(t),\ N(t) &=&e_{1}c_{1}R(t-\tau)N(t-\tau)-c_{3}N(t)P(t)-m_{1}N(t),\ P(t) &=&e_{2}c_{2}R(t)P(t)+\epsilon_{3}c_{3}N(t)P(t)-m_{2}P(t). \end{eqnarray*} Here $R$ is a prey species, $N$ and $P$ are predator species, and $P$ additionally preys on $N$. In contrast with the simple predator-prey model, where delay tends to destabilize the dynamics, we show that the delay in this intra-guild predation model can ...
Discrimination between self and non-self is a prerequisite for any defence mechanism; in innate defence, this discrimination is often mediated by lectins recognizing non-self carbohydrate structures and so relies on an arsenal of host lectins with different specificities towards target organism carbohydrate structures. Recently, cytoplasmic lectins isolated from fungal fruiting bodies have been shown to play a role in the defence of multicellular fungi against predators and parasites. Here, we present a novel fruiting body lectin, CCL2, from the ink cap mushroom Coprinopsis cinerea. We demonstrate the toxicity of the lectin towards Caenorhabditis elegans and Drosophila melanogaster and present its NMR solution structure in complex with the trisaccharide, GlcNAcβ1,4[Fucα1,3]GlcNAc, to which it binds with high specificity and affinity in vitro. The structure reveals that the monomeric CCL2 adopts a β-trefoil fold and recognizes the trisaccharide by a single, topologically novel ...
We investigate the effects of different levels of predation pressure and rodent dispersal on the population dynamics of the African pest rodent Mastomys natalensis in maize fields in Tanzania.Three levels of predation risk were used in an experimental set-up: natural level (control), excluding predators by nets and attracting avian predators by nest boxes and perch poles. Because dispersal of the rodents could mask the predation pressure treatment effects, control and predator exclusion treatments were repeated with enclosed rodent populations.Population growth during the annual population rise period was faster in the absence of predators and peak population size was higher, but otherwise dynamics patterns were similar for populations where predators had access or were attracted, indicating that compensatory mechanisms operate when rodents are exposed to high levels of predation risk. Reducing dispersal of rodents removed the effect of predation on population growth and peak size, suggesting ...
This paper is concerned with a predator-prey system with a prey group defense and non-linear harvesting of the predator incorporating deterrence hypothesis for predators. Inclusion of predator...
Predation on planktonic larval stages is frequently a major source of mortality for the offspring of benthic marine invertebrates. Mortality rate likely varies with larval size and developmental stage, but few experiments have measured how these factors affect predation rates. I used experimental reductions in egg size to test how variation in larval size affects the likelihood of predation during planktonic development. Blastomeres of the sand dollar Dendraster excentricus were separated at the two-cell stage to produce half-sized zygotes. Larvae resulting from this manipulation were tested for their susceptibility to predation relative to whole-sized siblings at four ages. Individuals from each size class were simultaneously presented as prey items to five predators (crab zoeae, crab megalopae, chaetognaths, solitary tunicates, and postlarval fish) in the laboratory. Four predators consumed significantly more half-sized larvae than whole-sized larvae, but one predator type (postlarval fish) consumed
In aposematism a prey species use bright colours, often combined with a black contrasting pattern, to signal unprofitability as prey to potential predators. Although there are several different hypotheses about the presence of these internally contrasting patterns, there is little experimental evidence of any beneficial effects. In this thesis I have used bird predators and artificial prey signals to investigate if the contrasting internal patterns in warning displays may have evolved to increase signal efficacy, especially regarding the speed of avoidance learning. In paper I the relative importance of colour and pattern in avoidance learning was studied. The conclusion was that birds primarily attend to colour, not pattern, when learning the discrimination, which was further supported by the results in paper II-IV, all suggesting a secondary role of patterns. In paper II I show that predators may to some degree use patterns for discrimination, if they convey important information about prey ...
Paleontologists have worked very hard to establish a well-supported relationship between dinosaurs and birds and yet the researchers in the paper use the mammal predator-prey relationships of the African Serengeti ecosystem as a model for comparison. While we know that dinosaurs were probably warm-blooded to some extent, their metabolic systems are not fully understood and they may have achieved that warm-bloodedness in a manner unlike mammals and more comparable to birds, or a metabolic system between that of more primitive archosaurs, like crocodilians, and modern birds. As a result, it seems to me that modern predatory birds may be a better model for understanding the context of predator-prey relationships and inferring feeding behavior ...
Ectrichodiinae (Hemiptera: Reduviidae), the millipede assassin bugs, are a speciose group (>660 species) of assassin bugs that appear to be specialist predators on Diplopoda, or millipedes. Apparently capable of coping with the noxious ...
Microplastic particles are widely distributed in a variety of ecosystems and can be transferred to predators along a food chain after being ingested by prey. However, how microplastic particles affect prey and predator populations is not fully understood. In this study, using the Lotka-Volterra model, we theoretically investigated predator-prey population dynamics in terms of toxicological response intensity (strength to population growth rate) to microplastic particles, and examined the negative effects on prey feeding ability and predator performance due to microplastic particles. Results of numerical simulations indicate the critical properties of the predator-prey system in response to microplastic particles: (i) predators are more vulnerable than prey under exposure to microplastic particles; (ii) the effect of microplastic particles on prey and predator population growths can be negligible when toxicological response intensities of prey and predator are small; (iii) this system is prey ...
Despite over 70 years of research on shark repellents, few practical and reliable solutions to prevent shark attacks on humans or reduce shark bycatch and depredation in commercial fisheries have been developed. In large part, this deficiency stems from a lack of fundamental knowledge of the sensory cues that drive predatory behavior in sharks. However, the widespread use of shark repellents is also hampered by the physical constraints and technical or logistical difficulties of deploying substances or devices in an open-water marine environment to prevent an unpredictable interaction with a complex animal. Here, we summarize the key attributes of the various sensory systems of sharks and highlight residual knowledge gaps that are relevant to the development of effective shark repellents. We also review the most recent advances in shark repellent technology within the broader historical context of research on shark repellents and shark sensory systems. We conclude with suggestions for future ...
Purpose: Teleost is a successful vertebrate group, constituting more than 50% of vertebrate species. These fishes are the only vertebrate group that presents spinules from the lateral dendrites of Cone Horizontal Cells into cone pedicles. Previously, we observed that the number of spinules in any given species depended on both taxonomic placing and degree of predatory behavior. Then, species with the most spinules were also the most predatory and vice versa. The aim of this work was to study the density of spinules and synaptic ribbons, per cone pedicle, in central and peripheral retina.. Methods: The study was performed on European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax), one specie of teleost fish belonging to perciform order and moronidae family. Light-adapted fishes were sacrificed. Retinas were extracted and whole mounts embedded in EPON for transmission-electron-microscopy study. Thin sections from eight representative retinal areas were observed and photographed in an Electron Microscope. The ...
Bakker, R. T., Williams, M., and Currie, P. J. 1988. Nanotyrannus, a new genus of pygmy tyrannosaur, from the latest Cretaceous of Montana. Hunteria 1(5): 1-30.. Barsbold, R. 1983. [Carnivorous dinosaurs from the Cretaceous of Mongolia]. Sovmestnaia Sovetsko-Mongolskaia Palentologischeskaia Ekspeditsiia Trudy 19: 1-117. (In Russian with English summary). Carpenter, K. 2000. Evidence of predatory behavior by carnivorous dinosaurs. Gaia 15: 135-144.. Carr, T. D. 1999. Craniofacial ontogeny in Tyrannosauridae (Dinosauria, Coelurosauria). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 19: 497-520.. Carrano, M. T. 1998. What, if anything, is a cursor? Categories versus continua for determining locomotor habit in mammals and dinosaurs. Journal of Zoology (London) 247: 29-42.. Carroll, R. L. 1988. Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution. W. H. Freeman, New York. 698 pp.. Chin, K., Tokaryk, T. T., Erickson, G. M., and Calk, L. C. 1998. A king-sized coprolite. Nature 393: 680-682.. Cifelli, R. L., Kirkland, J. I., ...
Any intent to classify really-existing capitalisms that emerged out from the debris is a challenging exercise in taxonomy. The difficulty is partly due to the periods heterogeneity, manifest for the Bulgarian case in the major break of the 1996-1997 financial crisis and the following change in the monetary regime.. Oddly enough, the Transitions first seven years followed the communist reformisms pattern: an inconclusive combination of two incompatible models that only increases the systems entropy. The early 1990s saw a not more sustainable mix of market elements with prevailing state ownership. The outcomes were bad debts, widespread decapitalization of enterprises, institutions with low credibility. In semi-reformed systems deprived from the genuine constraints of the market (or the strict control of the plan) the only usage of liberty (autonomy) is to develop a predatory behaviour. Reformism in the decaying communism and early Transition capitalism are uniform constructs. The former ...
Recently, there it seems like there have been more incidents of abuse and what I consider predatory behavior in both localized incidents and in several national organizations in various martial arts groups. At least, they are more publicized but it doesnt seem to stop the conduct and people in their organizations still try to protect these abusers.These are individuals, not an organization, which commit these acts. The acts are sometimes criminal, sometimes moral or ethical violations not in violation of the law in their country. This topic goes across the board in not just martial arts groups, but in all levels of society really. The usual pattern I see is these people use their power in an organization to perpetuate their actions ...
Abstract -The size structure of a predator population can cause differences in the relative survival of different prey length classes whereby the biggest prey may reach a safe size because of the size-dependent character of predation. In the present study, the diet of European catfish was investigated to examine if catfish feeding can prevent cyprinids from reaching such a size refuge. In the lake studied, catfish was stocked for biomanipulation purposes to reduce unwanted roach and bream populations. Crayfish and roach were the most important prey items of catfish. If only species composition in the diet was considered, no clear changes were recorded in relation to catfish size. However, the length of roach as prey significantly increased with catfish length. Catfish were significantly larger than the other piscivorous fish in the lake, but took relatively smaller roach in comparison with similar-sized pike or pikeperch. Nevertheless, because of the high mean length of catfish, roach cannot ...
1.Indirect interactions resulting from changes in organismal traits such as behaviour, i.e. trait-mediated indirect interactions (TMIIs), are widespread in biological communities, yet few studies have explored the potential for mutualisms to initiate TMIIs. 2.This study used a combination of behavioural observations and manipulative field experiments to investigate potential TMIIs resulting from a mutualism between specialized cleaner fish and theclients that visit cleaners for the removal of ectoparasites. 3.Behavioural observations indicate that the bluestreak cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus, increases local predation pressure on corals at cleaner stations by attracting corallivorous butterflyfish to their territories. 4. Observations of the ornate butterflyfish, Chaetodon ornatissimus, suggest a trade-off between seeking cleaning and foraging; individuals decreased their foraging rate at cleaner stations and shifted their diet to include a greater proportion of less preferred prey ...
General Systems, vol. 19, 1974, pp. 181-194. Abstract. A method developed by E. Kerner for testing biological population fluctuations for predator-prey behavior is applied to the Dow Jones Average. The result shows that the stock market exhibited predator-prey behavior before and after the crash of 1929. The result shows that for about five years prior to the crash the market behaved as a hot market. This challenges claims by efficient market theorists that the market has always been efficiently priced. Hence it is shown that the practice of buying on the margin created a pricing bubble. In effect, it is shown that interacting markets by analogy behave in ahttp://www.hestories.info/the-non-local-mind.htmlfashion similar to interacting biological populations. The statistical mechanics which Kerner has developed for describing the behavior of interacting species is here applied to financial markets. General concepts such as temperature, heat flow, internal energy, thermodynamic equilibrium ...
Macrolophus pygmaeus Rambur (Hemiptera: Miridae) and Adalia bipunctata (L.) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) are two predatory insects commonly used as biological control agents. In order to determine the incidence with which both species attack an...
Chironomidae larvae and mites are abundant and diversified groups that coexist in several environments. However, little importance has been attributed to their ecological relationships (predator-prey, parasitism, etc.). Therefore, the present study aimed to report the predation of mites by Tanypodinae larvae in Neotropical quartzite caves.
Animal signals are argued to function to manipulate the behaviour of signal receivers in a way that preferentially benefits the signaller (Dawkins & Krebs 1978; Krebs & Dawkins 1984). Anti-predator signals have long been challenging to explain because of the danger that the signaller imparts on itself in an apparent attempt to warn others of impending danger. While numerous hypotheses potentially explain how an individual who has detected a predator can benefit directly or indirectly by eliciting anti-predator behaviour in conspecifics (see the reviews by Hauser 1996; Wheeler 2008), individuals could also use alarm calls in the absence of a predator to distract signal receivers and take advantage of the momentary diversion of attention. Cases such as this wherein individuals produce a signal outside its normal context in order to distract listeners is a form of what has been termed tactical or functional deception (Whiten & Byrne 1988; Hauser 1996, 1997).. Functionally deceptive behaviours are ...
Predation is an important and ubiquitous selective force that can shape habitat preferences of prey species, but tests of alternative mechanistic hypotheses of habitat influences on predation risk are lacking. 2. We studied predation risk at nest sites of a passerine bird and tested two hypotheses based on theories of predator foraging behaviour. The total-foliage hypothesis predicts that predation will decline in areas of greater overall vegetation density by impeding cues for detection by predators. The potential-prey-site hypothesis predicts that predation decreases where predators must search more unoccupied potential nest sites. 3. Both observational data and results from a habitat manipulation provided clear support for the potential-prey-site hypothesis and rejection of the total-foliage hypothesis. Birds chose nest patches containing both greater total foliage and potential nest site density (which were correlated in their abundance) than at random sites, yet only potential nest site density
Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Program // Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. Topics: Community Ecology, Trophic interactions, Non-consumptive predator effects, Animal Behavior, Phenotypic Plasticity. We seek applicants who are interested in studying community and aquatic ecology starting in Fall 2012. We currently have funding for students to join a research effort examining non-consumptive effects (also called trait-mediated effects) of predators on zooplankton communities in Michigan ponds. Potential projects include examining predator-induced effects on zooplankton phenotype (including behavior) and how these induced effects influence zooplankton population and community dynamics. While particular PhD projects are flexible within the scope of the overall project, the positions could include integration of field, laboratory and ecological modeling. One of the positions will be given to a student interested in their research including ecological theory /modeling. Collaborators ...
|p style=text-indent:20px;|In this paper, we consider a diffusive Leslie-Gower predator-prey system with prey subject to Allee effect. First, taking into account the diffusion of both species, we obtain the existence of traveling wave solution connecting predator-free constant steady state and coexistence steady state by using the upper and lower solutions method. However, due to the singularity in the predator equation, we need construct a positive suitable lower solution for the prey density. Such a traveling wave solution can model the spatial-temporal process where the predator invades the territory of the prey and they eventually coexist. Second, taking into account two cases: the diffusion of both species and the diffusion of prey-only, we prove the existence of small amplitude periodic traveling wave train solutions by using the Hopf bifurcation theory. Such traveling wave solutions show that the predator invasion leads to the periodic population densities in the coexistence domain.|/p|
Stegosaurus is a very famous dinosaurs, one of the most famous, along with Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus. All three of these dinosaurs have been found in Colorado; in fact, the first Triceratops bones were actually found in Denver, and Stegosaurus is the state dinosaur of Colorado! Stegosaurus has also been found in Wyoming and Utah, in the Morrison Formation, as well as in Portugal. The row of plates along its back make it very interesting looking, as do the spikes on the end of its tail, nicknamed a thagomizer. Holes in the vertebrae of a potential predator of Stegosaurus, Allosaurus, fit exactly with the size of one of the spikes on the tail of the Stegosaurus, showing that there was almost certainly a predator-prey relationship between the two, as was previously suspected. Studies have shown that the tail end of Kentrosaurus, a close relative of Stegosaurus, also with a thagomizer on its tail, could have been brought around to the side of the dinosaur, potentially swatting at enemies ...
Aggressive, Batesian and Müllerian mimicry are well-known examples of interspecific resemblance. Aggressive mimics deceive their prey and Batesian mimics deceive their predators. Models for the latter have unpalatable flesh, venom, weapons or other characteristics that deter the mimics predators. Batesian mimics dishonestly advertise to predators that they have the aversive characteristics of their models (Bates 1862; Edmunds 1974). In Müllerian mimicry, two or more species with aversive characteristics resemble each other; thus representing honest signals. However, when two species have differentially aversive characteristics the Müllerian-Batesian distinction becomes ambiguous, and it is often more realistic to envisage Batesian and Müllerian mimicry as ends of a continuum (Speed 1999; Rowland et al. 2007).. That the distinction between Batesian and aggressive mimicry is also subject to blurring was shown in a recent study of fangblennies (Plagiotremus rhinorhynchos; Côté & Cheney ...
Predation is a widespread population process that has been shown to affect the distribution, abundance and dynamics of populations in ecosystems. This is the first study that used an experimental approach to assess the effect of nest predation on the population dynamics of the sociable weaver (Philetairus socius), a keystone species in the semi-arid savannas of the Kalahari and Namib regions. Snakes were excluded from five colonies for five breeding seasons and two colonies for three breeding seasons, with another eight colonies acting as the controls. Reproductive output, colony size, dispersal events and several environmental variables were measured between 2010 and 2015. This was done to determine (1) what effect nest predator exclusion had on reproductive output; (2) how this related to colony and population size trends by using a matrix-projection metapopulation model; (3) how protected colonies influence movement patterns; and (4) if nest predation had a compensatory or positive effect by ...
Nest predation is a major cause of reproductive failure in birds, but predator identity often remains unknown. Additionally, although corvids are considered major nest predators in farmland landscapes, whether breeders or floaters are involved remains contentious. In this study, we aimed to identify nest predators using artificial nests, and test whether territorial or non-breeders carrion crow (Corvus corone) and Eurasian magpie (Pica pica) were most likely involved. We set up an experiment with artificial ground nests (n = 1429) in farmland landscapes of western France, and assessed how different combinations of egg size and egg material (small plasticine egg, large plasticine egg, quail and natural hen eggs) might influence predation rates and predator species involved. Nest predators were identified using remotely triggered cameras and marks left in plasticine eggs. Corvids were by far the predators most involved (almost 80% of all predation events), independent of egg type. Carrion crows alone were
Although cats make affectionate pets, many domestic cats hunt as effectively as wild predators. However, they differ from wild predators in three important ways: First, people protect cats from disease, predation and competition, factors that can control numbers of wild predators, such as bobcats, foxes, or coyotes. Second, they often have a dependable supply of supplemental food provided by humans and are, therefore, not influenced by changes in populations of prey. Whereas populations of native predators will decline when prey becomes scarce, cats receiving food subsidies from people remain abundant and continue to hunt even rare species. Third, unlike many native predators, cat densities are either poorly limited or not limited by territoriality [19]. These three factors allow domestic cats to exist at much higher densities than native predators. In some parts of rural Wisconsin, densities of free-ranging cats reach 114 cats per square mile. In these areas, cats are several times more ...
Spatial variation in predation risk generates a landscape of fear, with prey animals modifying their distribution and behaviour in response to this variable predation risk. In systems comprising multiple predators and prey species, a key challenge is distinguishing the independent effects of different predator guilds on prey responses. We exploited the acoustically distinct alarm calls of samango monkeys, Cercopithecus mitis erythrarchus, to create a predator-specific landscape of fear from eagles to assess its impact on space use within mixed regressive-spatial regressive models incorporating data on resource distribution and structural characteristics of the environment. The landscape of fear from eagles was the most significant determinant of samango range use, with no effect of resource availability. The monkeys also selected areas of their range with higher canopies and higher understory visibility, behaviour consistent with further minimizing risk of predation. These results contrast ...
Video recordings with high spatial and temporal resolution were used to measure the kinematics of predator-prey interactions (Fig. 1). An adult predator and larval prey were placed in a water-filled circular arena (16 cm diameter×2.5 cm depth) and separated by a partition for a 20 min period so the animals could adjust to this environment before experiments began. The partition was then removed and the predators attack was recorded with a high-speed video camera (Photron Fastcam 1024, Photron USA, San Diego, CA, USA) mounted above the arena. The high-speed camera collected images (1024×1024 pixels) at 1000 frames s−1 through a macro lens (Nikkor 35-70mm, Nikon Corp., Tokyo, Japan) that was connected to an extension tube (Nikon Pk-3, Nikon Corp.) for enhanced magnification. Only attacks occurring away from the arena walls (,1 cm) were considered for analysis. Infrared panels positioned underneath the arena produced high-contrast video images while overhead fluorescent lights (25 W) provided ...
Population dynamics of a predator-prey system is usually simulated by the classical Lotka-Volterra models, which were successfully applied to the population dynamics of snowshoe hare and lynx and many other predator-prey systems. Attempts were made to apply them also to insect predator-prey systems, but in terms of biological control, they did not reveal the features of the predators that control the abundance of their prey. The most conspicuous example of failure of Lotka-Volterra models applied to insect predator-prey systems are ladybird-aphid systems, in which these models usually fail to fit empirical data. Because of their practical importance and because they are very well studied, we have chosen aphid-ladybird systems as a model. We summarize the results published on various aspects of the population dynamics of aphid-ladybird systems and present them in the context of empirical data. Using new data, we more closely specify the existing metapopulation model of aphid-ladybird ...
Background: As economical traits, food habits domestication can reduce production cost in aquaculture. However, the molecular mechanism underlying food habits domestication has remained elusive. Mandarin fish (Siniperca chuatsi) only feed on live prey fish and refuse ...
The relationship between mosquitoes and their amphibian hosts is a unique, reciprocal trophic interaction. Instead of a one-way, predator-prey relationship, there is a cyclical dance of avoidance and attraction. This has prompted spatial and temporal synchrony between organisms, reflected in emergence time of mosquitoes in the spring and choice of habitat for oviposition. Frog-feeding mosquitoes also possess different sensory apparatuses than do their mammal-feeding counterparts. The reciprocal nature of this relationship is exploited by various blood parasites that use mechanical, salivary or trophic transmission to pass from mosquitoes to frogs. It is important to investigate the involvement of mosquitoes, frogs and parasites in this interaction in order to understand the consequences of anthropogenic actions, such as implementing biocontrol efforts against mosquitoes, and to determine potential causes of the global decline of amphibian species.
Crypsis is deception by animals to fool others in order to survive or to kill the prey. This includes protective coloration & resemblance, and mimicry.
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Conventional angling wisdom says in clear water use natural looking lures. Bright days use light colors, in low light or more turbid water use darker colored lures. But do bass pick and choose what they eat based on the same criteria? Does their diet change based on water clarity?. Researchers have known for some time that changes in turbidity can influence fish behavior. It all boils down to light penetration and visual acuity. In general, under more turbid conditions, prey species have a harder time seeing their own food. And more importantly, detection of predators and their reaction distances are reduced which can also lead to early mortality - being eaten.. Predatory fish like bass are just the opposite. As light intensity decreases either from reduced sunlight or from increased turbidity, the advantage shifts from the prey fish to the predators. In clear water many prey fish can see and recognize bass as a threat much further than the bass can see and recognize the prey as a meal. ...
Many animals show apparently innate fears. For example, small prey animals seem programmed to take cover at the sight of a hawk, but not of a duck. Rabbits, in my experience, will take cover when a dog appears, but are untroubled by sheep.. Although some of these behaviours may be learned, many have been shown to be inborn, and hence are probably encoded genetically or epigenetically. They also persist, even in populations which are no longer exposed to the original threat.. Now.. One of the problems with palaeontology is that we cannot, in general, ascertain details of the outer appearance of extinct species. What colour was T. rex, for example? We have no idea.. Yes, youre ahead of me on this one. If animals fear predators innately, then some residue of this fear should remain even if the predator is extinct. (After all, mice will still fear kestrels, even if all kestrels are exterminated.). So.. We need to get a bunch of potential prey animals together in a field. Well choose species ...
The results from this study support the mesopredator release hypothesis: in areas of baiting, increased mesopredator activity and subsequent suppression of small mammal abundance was observed. These findings are consistent with previous studies on the negative correlation found between dingoes and mesopredators (Kennedy et al., 2011; Letnic and Dworjanyn 2011). In accordance with the expectation that perceived predation risk is higher with greater predator density, giving up densities of rodents were higher in the baited study area. However, while small mammal abundance demonstrated the direct impacts of predation, medium-sized mam-mal and macropod abundance appeared to be unaffected by dingo presence.. Lower abundance and diversity of small mammals in baited areas was most likely indicative of increased mesopredator activ-ity. Presence of V. vulpes and F. catus on predator track plots was observed only in baited study areas. In studies where foxes have been removed, increases in small mammal ...
Much speculation has occurred regarding the disappearance of white sharks from Gansbaai over the past three years- and what has driven their absence. We believe that commercial overfishing and removal of prey species has a critical impact on the number of white sharks and we are encouraged by the recent selection of an expert panel of scientists to advise the Department of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries on addressing this matter. However, the impact of Orca predations on white sharks in Gansbaai is simply undeniable. It is not a smokescreen for a bigger issue but also linked to pressures other marine species are enduring, adding further urgency to the action on threats affecting the decline of shark stocks along the South African coast, says Wilfred Chivell, CEO of Marine Dynamics. The shark cage diving industry is key to daily monitoring of white sharks that can ultimately advise conservation policy. We have been proactive in setting up our COVID-19 safety protocols so we now ...
TY - JOUR. T1 - Mosquito larvae change their feeding behavior in response to kairomones from some predators. AU - Roberts, Derek. PY - 2014/3. Y1 - 2014/3. N2 - ABSTRACT The efficacy of using predators for the biological control of mosquito disease vectors will be reduced if mosquito larvae respond to predator presence. The larvae of two mosquito species were investigated to study whether they responded to predator kairomones by increasing surface filter-feeding, which is a less active and thus less risky feeding strategy than bottom feeding. Culex quinquefasciatus Say is normally found in highly polluted water, where it will have little contact with predators. Except for some third instars, its larvae showed no response to four different types of predators. Culiseta longiareolata Macquart, living in rain-filled rock pools, is frequently attacked by a range of predators. All instars tested (second, third, and fourth instars) strongly responded to chemicals from dragonfly nymphs (Crocothemis ...
Take a look at Myrmarachne plataleoides. It is defeinitely an ant, right? Wrong! This is actually a jumping spider that disguises itmself as an aggressive weaver ant. It does this to deter potential predators by looking as if it were the unpalatable and dangerous insect. The weaver ant is noted for its painful bite and for producing two types of chemicals which increase the pain in the bite wound. This aggressive ants bite can last for several days and be very unpleasant, so many birds, reptiles and amphibians avoid it. The Myrmarachne spider is really harmless and shy, yet it pretends to be just as tough by looking and walking almost exactly as a weaver ant. Its front section is modified to look like the distinct head and thorax of an ant, and it has two black spots that mimic the ants eyes. The forelegs mimic the ants antennae, so the spider looks as if it has only six legs instead of eight. This is not the only ant-mimicking creature, and many additional species are found around the ...
But of course! What is important, in fact vitally important, to understand regarding the death of a potential prey or potential predator, or for that matter, of any agent one is interacting with, is that death is permanent cessation of agency. Not only children should understand this, but also other animals. In the case of social animals, cessation of agency in a conspecific they normally interact with should be well worth registering.. I dont know what emotional reaction, if any, we might expect, say, of a chimp when her child or a partner ceases being an agent, but if they understand death this way, simply this way, the question makes sense, and we should look to these ethological observations not to ask: Are they grieving like we do? - but: How are they coping with what they may well understand as a major change in their close social relationship?. Nothing there suggests that chimps understand death like we human adults do - and we dont all understand it in the same way anyhow. But wait, ...
The most common predators of grasshoppers are flies. Flies place their eggs near grasshopper eggs so that when the fly eggs hatch they can feed on grasshopper eggs. In some cases, the fly larvae even...
I examine the dynamics between predators and their prey and how those dynamic shape the coral reef community. Typical models of predator-prey dynamics assume that predators act independently within the community. For example, doubling of predators leads to a doubling of predation threat. New evidence from coral reefs, however, calls into question the this assumption.. The populations of fish we see from remote (and unfished) coral reefs show evidence of inverted trophic pyramids, namely with a higher biomass of top predators relative to the biomass of lower trophic guilds (prey species) . In these cases, doubling the predator biomass is unlikely to double predation threat as in the typical model.. My research further examines these inverted trophic pyramids among fishes, specifically considering the role of competition among predators for food in shaping community dynamics. How do reductions in predators (from fishing pressure) create dynamic changes in coral reef fish populations? Are our ...
Do cockroaches have predators or do they roam without a care. This article should also help you with your plan to eradicate them from your home.
The multicolored Asian ladybug was imported in an early attempt at biological control of aphids; it has naturalized rapidly and inhabits most of North America. Ditto the so-called 7-Spotted lady beetle. It just shows the succes of the beetle body-plan in exploiting the ubiquity of that predator-prey ratio: aphids and their ilk are extremely prolific reproducers; their predators are therefore many and varied. It all boils down to a complex web of interactions beginning with animals capable of exploiting plants ability to make sugar from sunlight.. Ladybugs often overwinter as adults in gregarious swarms under fallen leaves, bark, or inside unheated buildings. As insects go, they are a very beneficial group, being natural enemies of many insects, especially aphids and other critters that damage plants by feeding on their sap. A single ladybug can consume vast quantities of aphids in its lifetime, perhaps as many as 5,000 or more. During the Middle Ages, these beetles were used to control aphid ...
BBa_K1060002 contains an open reading frame that codes for a sesquiterpene synthase (GenBank Accession No. AY835398), (E)-b-farnesene synthase, that has been isolated from Artemisia annua (Picaud et al., 2005). The enzyme converts farnesyl diphosphate into E-β-farnesene. E-β-farnesene is an alarm hormone produced by aphids. It is also an important semiochemical in aphid localization. It is released in the cornicle secretions of many aphid species (Franscis et al., 2005) to alert surrounding aphids of the presence of natural enemies (Kunert et al., 2005). Detection of these short range chemical cues leads not to the aphid directly, but only indicates the presence, improving prey detection of the predators and parasitoids ...
Foraging, feeding, and escape decisions may all be modified by threat of predation. Field experiments using a human simulated predator show that a lizard, the broad - headed skink, Eumeces laticeps, alters several aspects of feeding behavior in ways suggesting tradeoffs between predation risk and feeding. When food (cricket) was closer to the predator, the lizards more frequently did not attack it, and often retreated to safety before consuming it, reducing the duration of exposure to predation. The probability of attacking a cricket decreased with distance of the lizard from refuge, reflecting greater risk due to increased time required to reach refuge. Latency to attack increased with distance of the lizard from refuge, suggesting that lizards assessed the risk as acceptable after observing the predator's continued immobility. Large crickets were attacked with higher probability and shorter latency than small crickets, indicating that greater risk was acceptable for greater energetic benefit. The
Despite no difference in the time spent foraging terrestrially (and thus exposed to terrestrial predators), drongos gave alarm calls to terrestrial predators more often when following pied babbler groups. This difference may be explained by the benefits received from audience response. Drongos foraging solitarily regularly alarmed at aerial predators providing support for the idea that individuals may use alarm calls as signals to warn approaching predators that they have been detected (Zahavi 1977; Bergstrom & Lachmann 2001). Since solitary drongos primarily forage by hawking aerial prey, terrestrial predators are unlikely to pose a threat to them, and thus there is little benefit in giving an alarm call to this predator type. In contrast, drongos following pied babbler groups benefit from giving alarm calls to terrestrial predators because these predators are a direct threat to their host species (Ridley & Raihani 2007). While drongos in kleptoparasitic mode spent a greater proportion of time ...
Chinese mantid. Praying mantises are really preying mantises, capable predators that capture and eat smaller insects. In the case of the larger, stronger female mantises, smaller insects also famously includes males of the same species. To mate with a potential predator, the males have to sneak up on their ladies, and a new study suggests that they use the wind to help them out: males approached females more readily when a breeze shook the females perch and disguised the males motion.. For mantises to mate, the male must creep up to the female and leap onto her back. If he fails, he will become a meal before he has a chance to reproduce. (Even if he succeeds, the female may bite his head off during copulation-but the decapitated male body is still able to continue mating and pass on his genes. So, mission accomplished?) Reaching the female undetected is thus an important male ability, and researchers tested how wind would affect it. They placed a male Chinese mantid on a kudzu leaf, upwind ...