Cannibals in space: the coevolution of cannibalism and dispersal in spatially structured populations.

  title={Cannibals in space: the coevolution of cannibalism and dispersal in spatially structured populations.},
  author={Volker H W Rudolf and Masashi Kamo and Michael Boots},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  volume={175 5},
The propensity for cannibalism varies considerably both within and between species. Currently we have little understanding of both the causes of this variation and its evolutionary consequences for other life-history traits. We examine how different levels of spatial structure affect the evolution of cannibalism and how cannibalism in turn drives the evolution of dispersal. Using pair approximations and simulations, we show that cannibalism can easily evolve in spatially structured populations… CONTINUE READING

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