Cannibalism in Natural Populations

  title={Cannibalism in Natural Populations},
  author={Laurel R. Fox},
  journal={Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics},
  • L. R. Fox
  • Published 1 November 1975
  • Biology
  • Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics
Cannibalism, defined as intraspecific predation, is a behavioral trait found in a wide variety of animals, although most references to this behavior are anecdotal or based on casual laboratory observations, The role of cannibalism in the dynamics of natural populations has been largely neglected; the most elegant and detailed analy­ ses of the population consequences of cannibalism are still provided by laboratory studies of flour beetles (Tribolium) that describe the process, examine its… 

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