Inferring Predator Behavior from Attack Rates on Prey-Replicas That Differ in Conspicuousness

  title={Inferring Predator Behavior from Attack Rates on Prey-Replicas That Differ in Conspicuousness},
  author={Yoel E Stuart and Nathan Dappen and Neil Losin},
  booktitle={PloS one},
Behavioral ecologists and evolutionary biologists have long studied how predators respond to prey items novel in color and pattern. Because a predatory response is influenced by both the predator's ability to detect the prey and a post-detection behavioral response, variation among prey types in conspicuousness may confound inference about post-prey-detection predator behavior. That is, a relatively high attack rate on a given prey type may result primarily from enhanced conspicuousness and not… CONTINUE READING
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