Social Predation, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0124076548
  • ISBN-13: 9780124076549
  • DDC: 591.53
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 336 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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The classic literature on predation dealt almost exclusively with solitary predators and their prey. Going back to Lotka-Volterra and optimal foraging theory, the theory about predation, including predator-prey population dynamics, was developed for solitary species. Various consequences of sociality for predators have been considered only recently. Similarly, while it was long recognized that prey species can benefit from living in groups, research on the adaptive value of sociality for prey species mostly emerged in the 1970s. The main theme of this book is the various ways that predators and prey may benefit from living in groups. The first part focusses on predators and explores how group membership influences predation success rate, from searching to subduing prey. The second part focusses on how prey in groups can detect and escape predators. The final section explores group size and composition and how individuals respond over evolutionary times to the challenges posed by chasing or being chased by animals in groups.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Predators.
2: Finding and Exploiting Food in Groups.
3: Producing and Scrounging.
4: Prey.
5: Antipredator Ploys.
6: Antipredator Vigilance: Theory and Testing the Assumptions.
7: Antipredator Vigilance: Detection and the Group-Size Effect.
8: The Selfish Herd.
9: General Considerations.
10: Group Size and Composition.
11: Mixed-Species Groups.
12: Evolutionary Issues.
13: Conclusion.
14: References.
Colour Plates.