On Optimal Use of a Patchy Environment

@article{Macarthur1966OnOU,
  title={On Optimal Use of a Patchy Environment},
  author={R. Macarthur and E. Pianka},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1966},
  volume={100},
  pages={603 - 609}
}
A graphical method is discussed which allows a specification of the optimal diet of a predator in terms of the net amount of energy gained from a capture of prey as compared to the energy expended in searching for the prey. The method allows several predictions about changes in the degree of specialization of the diet as the numbers of different prey organisms change. For example, a more productive environment should lead to more restricted diet in numbers of different species eaten. In a… Expand

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